Aces defeated the Dallas Wings behind Kelsey Bloom

I made jumps from outside and inside the 3-point line.

Record from dribbling over and over.

Drew defenders and found open shooters.

Kelsey Bloom is enjoying herself for one season for the Aces.

Maybe she outdid herself on Sunday.

Plum load exhausted assortment After Dallas Wings 84-78 Before an announced crowd of 4,814 at Michelob Ultra Arena, he played 40 minutes in a match for the first time since 2017.

It means nothing,” Bloom said. “We predicted the win today. Man down, man, it doesn’t matter. Nobody feels sorry for you. Just be proud of the way everyone came in with the mindset that we’re going to find a way.”

“No one cares if you get hurt. It doesn’t matter. You have to finish the games.”

It was the first time he’s faced aces this season – the first word.

11 games and nine wins later, often playing with their opponents, they finally faced some serious adversity.

He passed the test. He has 10 wins in 12 matches now.

Injuries and errors

think about it …

They were coming off a 97-90 loss at home to Connecticut and hadn’t dropped two straight games all season.

They played without lead scorer Jackie Young (Ankle), who happens to be the ocean’s best defender.

They saw star Aja Wilson’s heart – limited to just over 23 minutes – at fault with 3:39 left in the fourth quarter and her team with just four.

Watch the match as defender Chelsea Gray scored 18 goals in 32 minutes after being knocked out of Thursday’s game and stuck in her mouth.

They are still without goalkeeper Rikona Williams (by foot), who missed her seventh consecutive game on Sunday.

But challenges come in all different shapes and sizes, opponents and questionable whistles. Pots Young missed the last quarter in front of the sun when they couldn’t gather on Thursday. I missed them on Sunday.

However, one player’s misfortune can turn into an opportunity for others. Plame and her teammates proved it, with the former tying her career bestseller with 32 points in a 10-of-19 shot.

She looks a lot like her coach (Becky Hammon) was as a player, all fiery when attacking dribbling, and as competitive as everyone else. Bloom – who has scored at least 17 points in his last six games – is a lot faster, that’s it.

“When you descend, you are a handful,” Hammon said. What added to her game was her ability and desire to pass.

“She wouldn’t let me take her out of court. She’s the president.”

It’s not a bad thing at this point in the season to play with short hands. The Aces have the top five players in the league, which is not close in many ways. But this feature can be quickly erased by infection.

Find out how to play now without one of your best talents should something similar happen – with one or more corpses – it’s match time.

Learn to adapt and still find success.

Learn how to win in different ways.

This is what happened on Sunday.

The non-existent bench offered nine points, seven rebounds, three assists and some key defensive assistance when stops are needed along the length of the field.

The Aces also overcame allowing 19 offensive rebounds to turn Dallas over 17 times. But when it came time to win, you know who was there to get things off the ice.

came to play

It was Plame who calmly slipped and hit 3 with 56 seconds to put her team ahead 75-67; Bloom made two free throws with 35.2 seconds remaining to go 79-72; It was Bloom who sank two more with 13.4 points remaining to gain an 84-75 advantage.

She came to play, right. every 40 minutes.

“Listen, we have six days until (the next match),” Bloom said. “With Jackie out, we’re trying to defend our court. I told Becky, ‘Don’t take me out unless I’m bad.’”

Umm yes. This was not a problem.

Ed Graney is a Sigma Delta Chi award winner for sports column writing and can be reached at It can be heard on “The Press Box,” ESPN 100.9 FM and 1100 AM radio, 7am-10am Monday through Friday. Follow Tweet embed on Twitter.