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Las Vegas Aces fall to Mercury, season ends after playoff elimination

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Posted at 8:00 PM, Oct 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-09 01:26:59-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Aces fell to the Phoenix Mercury Friday night in a close elimination game fighting for a path to the WNBA finals.

The final score was 87-84.

The Aces were up 10 points in the third quarter, but Phoenix kept chipping away, eventually sending the crowd home disappointed.

"Devastating loss. You got to close out the game,” said Donnetta Coleman, an Aces fan representing No Plays Off Sports Talk. “Game five, winner takes all, you got to be able to finish."

Las Vegas missed what would become crucial layup opportunities and, in the opinion of the fans, the calls did not go the Aces way.

But even though their season came to an end a little earlier than what we wanted, the fans enjoyed the ride.

"Kudos go out to our coach, Bill Laimbeer. Kudos go out to the ladies. I know that's not the way we want it to end. But they fought hard all year long,” she said.

We were all here--the fans were great. We set a new record for fans in attendance. Great season for our Las Vegas Aces. It's a hard way to lose--we still love them, for sure."

Tonight's attendance was a record 9,680, and Phoenix will host Chicago in the finals on Sunday, October 10.

"We got to get it done,” said Coleman. “Next year, we got to bring that championship to Las Vegas."

The team was hoping to bring the city its first major professional sports championship win.