A'ja Wilson totals 29 points and 15 rebounds to lead Aces to 99-80 win over Caitlin Clark and Fever

a'ja wilson totals 29 points and 15 rebounds to lead aces to 99-80 win over caitlin clark and fever

Las Vegas Aces center A'ja Wilson (22) reacts after a play agaist Indiana Fever center Temi Fagbenle (14) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Saturday, May 25, 2024, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Caitlin Clark might be the WNBA's future, but A'ja Wilson showed Saturday night why she is arguably the league's best current player with 29 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Las Vegas Aces to a 99-80 win over the Indiana Fever.

Clark scored eight points on 2-of-8 shooting (2 of 5 from the 3-point line) and had seven assists and five rebounds to go with six turnovers. It was the fewest points for Clark, who entered the game averaging 16.7 points. Kelsey Mitchell led Indiana (1-6) with 16 points, Temi Fagbenle had 13 and Aliyah Boston and Lexie Hull each finished with 12.

Wilson, a two-time league MVP, made 12 of 18 shots. Also for the Aces (3-1), Jackie Young scored 22 points and Kelsey Plum 20. Rookie Kate Martin, Clark's best friend and former Iowa teammate, scored a personal-high 12 points, making two 3-pointers, a three-point play and three free throws on one foul.

a'ja wilson totals 29 points and 15 rebounds to lead aces to 99-80 win over caitlin clark and fever

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Clark and Martin skipped toward each and hugged pregame. Another former Hawkeye, Megan Gustafson, plays for Las Vegas.

a'ja wilson totals 29 points and 15 rebounds to lead aces to 99-80 win over caitlin clark and fever

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark (22) reacts after a play against the Las Vegas Aces during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Saturday, May 25, 2024, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Their former coach, Lisa Bluder, sat courtside. Bluder, who retired May 14 after 24 years overseeing the Hawkeyes, was joined by her replacement, Jan Jansen.

“It's pretty cool they all get to be on the court at the time tonight,” Bluder said before the game. “Whenever you see somebody reach their dream, it's so satisfying to think you might have some small part to do with it. It's the best feeling in the world. It's why we do this.”

a'ja wilson totals 29 points and 15 rebounds to lead aces to 99-80 win over caitlin clark and fever

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark (22) passes against Las Vegas Aces center Kiah Stokes (41) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Saturday, May 25, 2024, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Clark was one of five No. 1 draft picks in this game along with teammate Boston and Las Vegas' Wilson, Plum and Young. Also, the top four scorers in NCAA history — Clark, Plum, Las Vegas' Dyaisha Fair and Mitchell — played in this game.

a'ja wilson totals 29 points and 15 rebounds to lead aces to 99-80 win over caitlin clark and fever

From left, Las Vegas Aces guard Jackie Young (0), center A'ja Wilson (22) and Indiana Fever center Temi Fagbenle (14) vie for a rebound during the second half of a WNBA basketball game Saturday, May 25, 2024, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

The game was played before an announced sellout crowd of 10,399, but short of the Aces’ record at Michelob Ultra Arena. Las Vegas drew 10,419 for this season’s opener against the Phoenix Mercury when the Aces raised their second championship banner in a row. Sixteen of the Aces’ 20 home games have sold out this season, a league record.

The WNBA didn't do Clark and the Fever any favors with the early schedule. This was Indiana's seventh game in 12 days and third in four. It also was the Fever's fifth road game as well as their fifth game overall against a team that competed in either of the past WNBA Finals.

Las Vegas, by contrast, was playing its fourth game of the season — all at home.

The Aces looked comfortable in their familiar surroundings, bouncing back from Tuesday night's 98-88 loss to the Mercury for their most complete performance of the young season. They outscored the Fever 22-10 in the second quarter to take an eight-point lead at halftime, and took full control by ending the third quarter on an 11-3 run for a 72-56 lead.

a'ja wilson totals 29 points and 15 rebounds to lead aces to 99-80 win over caitlin clark and fever

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark (22) drives against Las Vegas Aces forward Alysha Clark (7) during the second half of a WNBA basketball game Saturday, May 25, 2024, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

UP NEXT

Fever: Host the Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday night.

Aces: Open a three-game road trip against the Minnesota Lynx on Wednesday.

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a'ja wilson totals 29 points and 15 rebounds to lead aces to 99-80 win over caitlin clark and fever

Las Vegas Aces center A'ja Wilson, left, fouls Indiana Fever forward NaLyssa Smith during the second half of a WNBA basketball game Saturday, May 25, 2024, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

a'ja wilson totals 29 points and 15 rebounds to lead aces to 99-80 win over caitlin clark and fever

Las Vegas Aces guard Sydney Colson (51) celebrates after a play against the Indiana Fever during the second half of a WNBA basketball game Saturday, May 25, 2024, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

a'ja wilson totals 29 points and 15 rebounds to lead aces to 99-80 win over caitlin clark and fever

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark (22) and Las Vegas Aces guard Sydney Colson (51) vie for the ball during the second half of a WNBA basketball game Saturday, May 25, 2024, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

a'ja wilson totals 29 points and 15 rebounds to lead aces to 99-80 win over caitlin clark and fever

Fever Aces Basketball

a'ja wilson totals 29 points and 15 rebounds to lead aces to 99-80 win over caitlin clark and fever

Las Vegas Aces forward Alysha Clark (7) steals the ball from Indiana Fever center Temi Fagbenle (14) during the second half of a WNBA basketball game Saturday, May 25, 2024, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

a'ja wilson totals 29 points and 15 rebounds to lead aces to 99-80 win over caitlin clark and fever

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark (22) passes around Las Vegas Aces guard Kelsey Plum during the second half of a WNBA basketball game Saturday, May 25, 2024, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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