LAS VEGAS – Marie Gülich scored 12 of her career-high 15 points in the Dream’s explosive first half of Tuesday night’s game, but the Dream could not hold off the Aces from coming back for a 94-90 victory at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Gülich posted her first double-double in a career night that saw her lead the team with 12 total rebounds and two blocks. She and Alex Bentley combined for 25 of the Dream’s 36 bench points in the team’s season-high 90-point effort.
Jessica Breland put the Dream on the board early with back-to-back jumpshots, but Las Vegas’ hot start kept them in the lead throughout the opening quarter. Gülich scored seven of her 12 first-half points in a span of just 43 seconds in the opening quarter, keeping the Aces scoreless over three minutes and 30 seconds of action and going on a 9-0 run in that span to cut Las Vegas’ lead to four points.
The Dream’s huge comeback in the first quarter helped them gain the lead early in the second, after back-to-back three-pointers from Gülich and Maite Cazorla take the team’s first lead of the game. The rest of the quarter went back-and-forth with five lead changes and three tie scores, but the Dream led by five points heading into halftime.
A buzzer-beater three-pointer from Nia Coffey propelled the Dream to a five-point lead at the end of the third. The Aces’ go-ahead point came on a free throw from Liz Cambage with just over seven minutes to go in the game.
Atlanta finishes its three-game road trip this Friday at Phoenix. Fans can watch the game live on CBS Sports Network beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET.