Las Vegas had a hard time getting shots to fall as they finished 18-70 for 25-percent from the field in Sunday's 68-55 loss to Dallas.
At the root of the cold shooting frustration was first-round draft pick A'ja Wilson. After a 20 point performance shooting 73 percent from the field against the Chinese National Team, the size and length of the Wings appeared to potentially frustrate rookie A'ja Wilson. She finished with nine points on 4-17 shooting.
A major factor in the discomfort of Wilson is Wings center Liz Cambage, who made her season debut in a very interesting matchup between the two. At 6-foot-8, there is no doubt her size and strength alone were a unique challenge for Wilson. Cambage is a daunting presence down low but Wilson poses a skillset capable of offsetting a lot of that size. Check out this clip of Wilson stretching the floor and blowing by Cambage:
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In preseason competition, Wilson averaged 14.5 points, 9.5 rebounds while shooting 43 percent from the field.
For the Wings, rookie Azura Stevens led the team with 12 points off the bench on 5-9 shooting. Cambage and veteran starting forward, Glory Johnson, added 11 points a piece. Cambage also brought down six rebounds and blocked three shots in 18 minutes of play.
Dallas is a team with a tremendous amount of depth, length and athleticism. Skylar Diggins-Smith was arguably one of the top players in the league in a dominant 2017 in season averaging 18.5 points per game. Kaela Davis is a dynamic, big versatile guard who creates multiple match up problems. Allisha Gray is coming off a breakout rookie season being named 2017 WNBA Rookie of the Year.
Shortly after the win, it was announced that Dallas waived Evelyn Akhator and Ruth Hamblin.
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The Aces finished 1-1 in preseason with a win over the Chinese National Team. They are currently still without 2017 first-round draft pick, Kelsey Plum, who's Fenerbahce team advanced to the finals in Turkey which begins today. In a best of five series, it could be close to two weeks before Plum returns to Las Vegas.
Dallas ended 2-1 in preseason with a win over the Liberty and their lone loss to the Sun. Dallas heads to Phoenix on Friday, May 18th to take on the Mercury at 9:00pm CT to kick off the WNBA regular season.