Laney scores 21 but Dream lose to Aces

Atlanta Dream's Betnijah Laney (44) drives past Las Vegas Aces' A'ja Wilson during the second half of a WNBA basketball game Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
Atlanta Dream's Betnijah Laney (44) drives past Las Vegas Aces' A'ja Wilson during the second half of a WNBA basketball game Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

Credit: Mike Carlson

Credit: Mike Carlson

BRADENTON, Fla. — A’ja Wilson scored 13 of her 21 points in the second half and Jackie Young sparked a fourth-quarter run to help the Las Vegas Aces beat the Atlanta Dream 89-79 on Saturday night.

Betnijah Laney scored 21 points for Atlanta (5-14). Chennedy Carter added 19, Courtney Williams 18 and Elizabeth Williams 10.

Wilson shot only 6 of 14 from the floor, but made 9 of 11 free throws. Young scored nine points, including six straight, during a 13-2 run that extended the Aces’ lead to 81-67 with 4:39 left. The Dream didn’t get closer than eight thereafter.

Young finished with 18 points. Angel McCoughtry and Kaylah McBride also had 18, and Dearica Hamby added 11 points and nine rebounds.

Las Vegas led by a point at halftime and four after three quarters.

The Aces (14-4) are a game back of first-place Seattle and one ahead of Minnesota and Los Angeles with four games remaining. The top two teams receive a double-bye into the playoff semifinals.