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2019 Las Vegas Aces season

The 2019 WNBA season was the 23rd season for the Las Vegas Aces franchise of the WNBA and the 2nd year the franchise was based in Las Vegas. The season tipped off on May 26, 2019 versus the Los Angeles Sparks.[1]

2019 Las Vegas Aces season
CoachBill Laimbeer
ArenaMandalay Bay Events Center
Attendance4,687 per game
Results
Record21–13 (.618)
Place2nd (Western)
Playoff finish4th Seed, Lost in Conference Finals Washington, 1–3
Team Leaders
PointsA'ja Wilson – 16.5 ppg
ReboundsLiz Cambage – 8.2 rpg
AssistsJackie Young – 4.5 apg
Media
TelevisionKVMY

The Aces started the season 7–5 and were never able to put together a winning streak of more than two games. However, the Aces improved in July and went 7–2 during that month. Their record included two separate three game winning streaks. One of their two losses actually occurred in August, due to an earthquake delayed game. The Aces cooled off in August, going 6–5. The record included a four game winning streak, and a three game losing streak. The Aces locked up a post season bid on August 18. The Aces went 1–1 in September to finish 21–13 on the year. This record secured them the fourth seed in the playoffs.

As the fourth seed, the Aces hosted the Chicago Sky in their second round match. The Aces won a close game 93–92 to advance to the semifinals. There they faced the Connecticut Sun. The Sun proved to be too much for the Aces, as they were swept in three games.

TransactionsEdit

WNBA DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Nationality School/Team/Country
1 1 Jackie Young   United States Notre Dame

Trades/Roster ChangesEdit

Date Details
February 1, 2019 Re-signed F Dearica Hamby[2][3]
February 19, 2019 Signed G Saniya Chong to a Training Camp Contract[4][5]
Signed C Ruth Hamblin to a Training Camp Contract[4][5]
February 21, 2019 Signed G/F Alex Harden to a Training Camp Contract[6]
April 17, 2019 Signed G Dominique Wilson to a Training Camp Contract[7]
May 12, 2019 Waived C Ruth Hamblin and G Dominique Wilson[8]
May 13, 2019 Signed G Sydney Colson[9]
May 16, 2019 Traded G Moriah Jefferson, C Isabelle Harrison, their first and second round picks in the 2020 WNBA draft to the Dallas Wings for C Liz Cambage[10]
August 28, 2019 Signed G Epiphanny Prince[11]

Current rosterEdit

Las Vegas Aces roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB From Yrs
C 8   Cambage, Liz 6' 8" (2.03m) 216 lb (98kg) 08-18-1991 Australia 3
G 51   Colson, Sydney 5' 8" (1.73m) 140 lb (64kg) 08-06-1989 Texas A&M 5
F 5   Hamby, Dearica 6' 3" (1.91m) 189 lb (86kg) 11-06-1993 Wake Forest 4
G 21   McBride, Kayla 5' 10" (1.78m) 174 lb (79kg) 06-25-1992 Notre Dame 5
C 19   Park Ji-su 6' 5" (1.96m) 206 lb (93kg) 12-06-1998 South Korea 1
G 10   Plum, Kelsey 5' 8" (1.73m) 145 lb (66kg) 08-24-1994 Washington 2
G   Prince, Epiphanny 5' 9" (1.75m) 179 lb (81kg) 01-11-1988 Rutgers 9
G 14   Rodgers, Sugar 5' 9" (1.75m) 161 lb (73kg) 12-08-1989 Georgetown 6
C 4   Swords, Carolyn 6' 6" (1.98m) 215 lb (98kg) 07-18-1989 Boston College 7
C 22   Wilson, A'ja 6' 4" (1.93m) 195 lb (88kg) 08-08-1996 South Carolina 1
F 1   Young, Tamera 6' 2" (1.88m) 175 lb (79kg) 10-30-1986 James Madison 10
G 0   Young, Jackie 6' 0" (1.83m) 165 lb (75kg) 09-16-1997 Notre Dame R



East: ATLCHICONINDNYWAS | West: DALLVLAMINPHOSEA
Head coach
  Bill Laimbeer (Notre Dame)
Assistant coaches
  Vickie Johnson (Louisiana Tech)
  Kelly Schumacher (Connecticut)
Athletic trainer
Vacant
Strength and conditioning coach

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  •   Injured

WNBA roster page

Game LogEdit

Pre-SeasonEdit

2019 pre-season game log
2019 pre-season schedule

Regular SeasonEdit

2019 game log
Total: 21–13 (Home: 13–4; Road: 8–9)
2019 season schedule

PlayoffsEdit

2019 playoff game log
Total: 2–3 (Home: 2–1; Road: 0–2)
2019 playoff schedule

StandingsEdit

# Western Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
1 Los Angeles Sparks (3) 22 12 .647 15–2 7–10 10–6
2 Las Vegas Aces (4) 21 13 .618 1 13–4 8–9 11–5
3 Seattle Storm (6) 18 16 .529 4 11–6 7–10 10–6
4 Minnesota Lynx (7) 18 16 .529 4 11–6 7–10 7–9
5 Phoenix Mercury (8) 15 19 .441 7 9–8 6–11 5–11
6 e – Dallas Wings 10 24 .294 12 8–9 2–15 5–11

Notes

(#) – Conference Standing, Playoff Seeds shown to the right of team name
e – Eliminated from playoffs

PlayoffsEdit

 
First round:
Single elimination
(Sept. 11)
Second round:
Single elimination
(Sept. 15)
Semifinals:
Best-of-five
(Sept. 17 – Sept. 24)
WNBA Finals:
Best-of-five
(Sept. 29 – Oct. 10)
 
              
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1
Washington Mystics
3
 
 
4
Las Vegas Aces
1
 
 
 
 
 
4
Las Vegas Aces
93
 
 
 
5
Chicago Sky
92
 
5
Chicago Sky
105
 
 
 
8
Phoenix Mercury
76
 
1
Washington Mystics
3
 
 
 
2
Connecticut Sun
2
 
6
Seattle Storm
84
 
 
 
7
Minnesota Lynx
74
 
3
Los Angeles Sparks
92
 
 
6
Seattle Storm
69
 
 
 
 
 
2
Connecticut Sun
3
 
 
3
Los Angeles Sparks
0
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Note: Teams re-seeded after each round.

Semifinals
Team 1 2 3 4
1
Washington Mystics
97 103 75 94
4
Las Vegas Aces
95 91 92 90
Team 1 2 3
2
Connecticut Sun
84 94 78
3
Los Angeles Sparks
75 68 56
WNBA Finals
Team 1 2 3 4 5
1
Washington Mystics
95 87 94 86 89
2
Connecticut Sun
86 99 81 90 78


StatisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game  RPG  Rebounds per game
 APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game  BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage  TO  Turnovers per game
 PF  Fouls per game Team leader League leader

Regular seasonEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
A'ja Wilson 26 25 28.4 47.9 0 79.2 6.4 1.8 0.5 1.7 16.5
Liz Cambage 32 30 25.2 50.4 16.7 74.8 8.2 2.1 0.6 1.6 15.9
Kayla McBride 34 34 29.1 42.5 42.8 90.6 4.2 2.6 1.2 0.1 13.3
Dearica Hamby 34 9 24.8 48.8 32.1 71.8 7.6 1.9 1.0 0.4 11.0
Kelsey Plum 34 30 25.5 36.5 35.7 87.2 2.8 3.0 0.8 0.1 8.6
Jackie Young 34 34 22.6 32.2 31.8 80.8 3.3 4.5 0.8 0.4 6.6
Tamera Young 34 4 18.5 38.0 31.3 63.9 3.6 2.0 0.7 0.1 5.3
Epiphanny Prince 3 0 9.3 50.0 42.9 0 0.7 1.0 0.3 0.3 4.3
Sugar Rodgers 33 0 11.6 36.0 35.7 60.0 1.5 1.2 0.4 0.4 3.4
Sydney Colson 33 0 11.5 44.0 45.0 81.8 0.7 1.8 0.9 0.1 3.3
Carolyn Swords 29 4 8.9 43.8 0 84.6 2.2 0.3 0.2 0.1 2.6
Park Ji-su 25 0 6.5 21.6 0 44.4 1.1 0.4 0.2 0.2 0.8

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2019 Las Vegas Aces Schedule". aces.wnba.com. WNBA. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  2. ^ "Las Vegas Re-Signs Forward Dearica Hamby". aces.wnba.com. WNBA. February 1, 2019. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  3. ^ Gordon, Sam (February 1, 2019). "Las Vegas Aces re-sign free-agent wing Dearica Hamby". Las Vegas Review Journal. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Aces Ink Chong, Hamblin To Training Camp Contracts". aces.wnba.com. WNBA. February 19, 2019. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Berry, Tyler (February 19, 2019). "Las Vegas Aces Sign Chong and Hamblin to 2019 Training Camp Contracts". highposthoops.com. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  6. ^ "Aces Sign Alex Harden To Training Camp Contract". aces.wnba.com. WNBA. February 21, 2019. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  7. ^ "Aces Sign Former NC State Standout Dominique Wilson To Training Camp Contract". wnba.com. WNBA. April 17, 2019. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  8. ^ "Aces Waive Ruth Hamblin & Dominique Wilson". wnba.com. WNBA. May 12, 2019. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  9. ^ "Aces Sign Guard Sydney Colson". wnba.com. WNBA. May 13, 2019. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  10. ^ "Wings trade MVP runner-up Cambage to Aces". espn.com. ESPN. May 16, 2019. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  11. ^ "Aces Sign Two-Time All-Star Guard Epiphanny Prince". wnba.com. WNBA. August 28, 2019. Retrieved August 29, 2019.
  12. ^ @WNBA (June 24, 2019). "🗣 Congrats to @De11eDonne and @_ajawilson22 for being named this week's #PlayerofTheWeek 👏" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  13. ^ "Delle Donne, Wilson Earn Players Of The Week". wnba.com. WNBA. July 1, 2019. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  14. ^ "Seven-Time Selection Charles, Dupree, Highlight Reserves For All-Star". wnba.com. WNBA. July 15, 2019. Retrieved July 16, 2019.
  15. ^ @WNBA (August 1, 2019). "Congrats to @LVAces Head Coach Bill Laimbeer on being named #WNBA Coach of the Month! 👏" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  16. ^ "Las Vegas' Dearica Hamby Named 2019 WNBA Sixth Woman Of The Year". wnba.com. WNBA. September 20, 2019. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  17. ^ "Rookie of the Year Collier Headlines 2019 All-Rookie Team". wnba.com. WNBA. September 16, 2019. Retrieved September 16, 2019.

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