For the first time in nearly three weeks, the Las Vegas Aces must find a way to bounce back from a defeat.
Following their first loss this month, the Aces look to get back on track Thursday night against the Connecticut Sun at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
Vegas (8-3) was one of the hottest teams in "Wubble" while winning seven in a row. The combination of a consistent offense and some potent defense (even without star center Liz Cambage) has the Aces on a roll. However, the run ended with Tuesday's 84-82 loss to Chicago.
Angel McCoughtry (15.5 points per game) had 17 points and Kayla McBride (10.6 ppg) added 15, but Vegas shot just 37.8 percent and was unable to hold a 10-point first-quarter edge. The Aces were outscored 25-12 in the third quarter, but still had a chance to extend their winning streak until the Sky's Azura Stevens hit a key layup with 2.9 seconds left.
Though Vegas remained competitive after blowing that early lead, coach Bill Laimbeer knows his club should be better - both mentally and physically.
"I didn't think we had any business being in that game," Laimbeer told the Las Vegas Review Journal. "We didn't really play with any enthusiasm."
The Aces, whose previous defeat came against Phoenix on July 31, have yet to lose consecutive games in 2020. This will also be their first meeting this season with Connecticut (5-7), which seems to have turned things around after losing its first five games of the year.
"One game at a time. That was a big one," coach Curt Miller said as posted on the Sun's official Facebook page. "Now, we've got to get ready for Vegas. I think we match up well. We're going to have to go right at them. Right at them."
While the Sun have apparently learned to play without star Jonquel Jones, Bonner continues to the lead the club. Averaging 19.0 points, Bonner is tied with Tangela Smith for 20th all-time on the WNBA scoring list.