The Aces clinched a playoff berth Sunday with a victory at the Chicago Sky, but still have plenty to play for before the postseason begins Sept. 11.
Sam Gordon was born and raised in Minneapolis and is back for his second stint with the Review-Journal. He’s covered the NFL, NBA, the Big Ten, the Mountain West and prep sports for various publications during his professional tenure. Gordon, a University of Minnesota graduate, is a basketball junkie who coached high school basketball for three seasons.
The star forward scored nine of her 19 points in overtime to propel the Aces past the Phoenix Mercury on Tuesday night at Mandalay Bay Events Center.
The 6-5 senior, a five-star recruit, also had offers from other elite programs such as Kansas and Arizona.
Wilson unveiled the bulk of her offensive arsenal against the Sky and did not show any lingering affects from the injury that kept her out of eight full games.
The Aces on Sunday clinched the franchise’s first playoff berth since 2014 with a 100-85 road win over the Chicago Sky at Wintrust Arena.
The second-year forward sprained her left ankle July 19 and missed nine games, but will return Sunday when the Aces play at Chicago looking to clinch a playoff berth.
After a slow start to her pro career, the No. 1 overall draft pick is becoming a key contributor as the franchise prepares for its first playoff berth since 2014.
Cottrell, a four-star recruit, will play his senior year at Huntington Prep in West Virginia. And Isaacs, a five-star recruit, is transferring to Wasatch Academy in Utah.
The WNBA playoffs are still a month away, but every game is crucial for the Aces — who at 16-9 are still contenting for a top-two seed and its corresponding double bye into the semifinals.
Plum didn’t score Friday in an 87-74 loss to the Chicago Sky, but bounced back with 16 crucial points — including nine in the first quarter — in an 89-81 victory over the Connecticut Sun before an announced crowd of 4,633 at Mandalay Bay Events Center.
In the essay, entitled “DNP — Mental Health,” the 27-year-old Cambage writes that’s she’s “battled mental health problems” for about half of her life, and detailed issues with substance abuse and the pursuit of sobriety.
The 12 WNBA teams will be included in the newest release of the game for the first time. They will be available for use in Play Now and Season modes.
Liz Cambage scored a season-high 28 points, but the Aces struggled to execute in the fourth quarter and lost to the Sky on Friday night at Mandalay Bay Events Center.