Skylar Diggins-Smith’s Stellar Performance Guides Seattle Storm to Victory Over Las Vegas Aces

LAS VEGAS (AP) — In a thrilling matchup, the Seattle Storm emerged victorious over the Las Vegas Aces with a final score of 78-65 on Friday night, extending their winning streak to an impressive six games. Jewell Loyd shined with 25 points and nine rebounds, while Skylar Diggins-Smith delivered a standout performance, scoring 21 points and dishing out seven assists, with 19 of those points coming in the second half.

Diggins-Smith’s exceptional play was crucial for Seattle, as she contributed nine points during an 11-2 run in the final minutes of the game, solidifying the Storm’s lead and ultimately securing the win. Nneka Ogwumike and Ezi Magbegor also played pivotal roles, each recording a double-double. Magbegor finished with 14 points, 15 rebounds, and five assists, while Ogwumike added 12 points and 11 boards.

On the opposing side, A’ja Wilson led the Aces with an impressive 29 points and 11 rebounds, with 13 of her points coming from the free-throw line. Despite Wilson’s strong performance, Las Vegas struggled to find their rhythm, shooting just 29% from the field in the first half. Kelsey Plum added 18 points for the Aces, but Jackie Young, typically a top scorer, had a tough night, finishing with only three points.

At halftime, the Storm held a 36-28 lead, thanks to Loyd’s 15 points and Magbegor’s dominant presence in the paint. Loyd’s consistent scoring streak now stands at 51 games, further solidifying her as a key player for Seattle. With this victory, the Storm improve to a 7-3 record, while the Aces fall to 5-3 on the season.

As Seattle continues to showcase their dominance in the WNBA, fans can expect more thrilling matchups and standout performances from players like Diggins-Smith, Loyd, and Magbegor. Stay tuned for more exciting basketball action as the season progresses.