LAS VEGAS (AP) – Kelsey Plum had 25 points and four 3-pointers, Jackie Young scored 16 of 22 points in the third quarter, and the Las Vegas Aces beat the Chicago Sky 89-78 on Thursday night to top the WNBA rankings with one game remaining.
Las Vegas (25-10) and Chicago (25-10) are tied for first place, with the Aces holding a tiebreaker in the race for home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. The Aces close out the regular season on Sunday against Seattle, while the Sky take on Phoenix.
Plum had 13 points midway through the second quarter, helping Las Vegas take a 37-21 lead. Plum finished the half with 18 points, making his three 3-pointers and the Aces leading 47-33.
Young took control of the third quarter, scoring 16 points in the first seven minutes to give Las Vegas a 63-48 lead. The Aces dribbled past the clock late in the quarter but Candace Parker blocked Riquna Williams’ jumper and Kahleah Copper ran in the other end for a 3-pointer to get the Sky at 71-61.
But the Aces held on, leading by at least nine points throughout the fourth quarter.
A’ja Wilson and Williams each scored 12 points for Las Vegas.
Copper tied a career-high 28 points for Chicago, which was nullified by 17 turnovers. Parker had 15 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, and Emma Meesseman had 14. Allie Quigley went 1 of 7 from the field for four points and Courtney Vandersloot was held to six points and six assists.
Parker passed Rebekkah Brunson for third place in WNBA history with 3,364 career rebounds. Sylvia Fowles holds the record with 3,982 and Tina Charles is second with 3,626.