74
Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Seattle Storm 18 15 26 15 74
Las Vegas Aces 26 13 19 27 85
85
7:00 PM PT8:00 PM MT9:00 PM CT10:00 PM ET2:00 GMT10:00 7:00 PM MST9:00 PM EST6:00 UAE (+1)03:0022:00 ET8:00 PM CT1:00 , May 8, 2022
Michelob Ultra Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada  Attendance: 6,212

Aces host Storm in intriguing early-season matchup

The Las Vegas Aces and the Seattle Storm both rolled to lopsided victories in their season openers Friday night.

They'll go head-to-head Sunday night in Las Vegas.

The hot-shooting Aces blew out host Phoenix 106-88 to give first-year head coach Becky Hammon an impressive first win.

"What made it really cool for me is I could feel their energy for me," Hammon said of her players. "I could feel how bad they wanted it for me. They know there's a spotlight, and eventually, I've gotta move out of it and they've gotta move into it. It's about them."

Las Vegas shot 58.2 percent from the field, including 11 of 21 (52.4 percent) on 3-pointers. Dearica Hamby led the way with 24 points, making 11 of 14 shots.

"For sure we took care of business," said A'ja Wilson, who had 15 points and 11 rebounds. "This is just the beginning. We still have a lot to learn from one another. But this is actually huge, just to get Becky her first win."

The Aces seized control from the start, but Seattle faced a 10-point deficit in the first quarter before turning things around in a 97-74 home victory over Minnesota.

"I attribute (the slow start) to first-game jitters," Storm coach Noelle Quinn said. "It's not going to be perfect, but at halftime it wasn't anything but keep it simple and let's tighten up our defense."

The score was tied at 41 at halftime, but Seattle used a quick 10-0 run to take control in the third quarter.

Jewell Loyd and Breanna Stewart scored 17 points each and Sue Bird had 11 points and nine assists.

"We get hot quick," Loyd said. "All we need is one shot to go in and then we start feeding off the energy of the crowd, each other and our coaches. Ever since I've been here, we've been able to put on stretches where we just score quickly."

--Field Level Media

Updated May 7, 2022