Las Vegas Aces
The Aces opened the 2019 season as heavy favorites to get to the WNBA Finals, if not win a championship, after acquiring Liz Cambage to play alongside reigning Rookie of the Year A’ja Wilson. We’ll have to wait to see how that plays out in the postseason, but they set some new franchise records in the regular season.
- No.1 overall Draft selection Jackie Young got just the ninth assists/rebounds double-double in WNBA history, the second in the history of the franchise. Vickie Johnson had one with the San Antonio Silver Stars in 2007. Young is the only rookie in the league’s history to do this.
- A’ja Wilson tied Becky Hammon atop the franchise record books with her second 35-point game this year.
- Sixth Woman of the Year candidate Dearica Hamby had five double-doubles off the bench this year for the Aces, matching DeWanna Bonner’s record from 2009. (Bonner was Sixth Woman of the Year that season.)
As a team, the Aces set some new marks as well:
- They set a new high in home win margin with a 35-point win over the New York Liberty at home on June 14.
- They had three wins by 30 or more points, the first time in franchise history they’ve had more than one in season. That is tied for second-most for any team in a single season.
- The Aces had 2,795 total points, besting the Silver Stars in 2012 (2,790).
- They had 711 total assists and 20.9 assists per game, both new franchise records.
- They had 1,007 defensive rebounds, becoming the first WNBA team to have 1,000+ defensive rebounds in a single season. 29.6 defensive rebounds per game is also a new league record.
- Their 1,320 total rebounds is a new league record, beating the 2010 Atlanta Dream by one rebound. They had a league record 38.8 rebounds per game.
Many players on the Las Vegas roster hit new milestones this year:
- Epiphanny Prince scored her 3,000th point in the final game of the season.
- Tamera Young scored her 2,500th point and recorded her 500th assist.
- Kayla McBride scored her 2,500th point.
- Liz Cambage played her 100th game and scored her 1,500th point.
- Dearica Hamby scored her 1,000th point.
- A’ja Wilson scored her 1,000th point and recorded her 100th block.
- Carolyn Swords played her 200th game and recorded her 100th block.
- Sugar Rodgers played her 200th game.