On Tuesday night, A’ja Wilson made history.
The Las Vegas Aces forward scored 53 points to tie the WNBA single-game scoring record in the team’s 112-100 win over the Atlanta Dream. Even teammate Kelsey Plum, also an elite scorer, was floored by Wilson’s performance.
“I really feel like we’re watching just a generational talent,” Plum told reporters afterward. “What we’re seeing right now is historic, and it’s just beginning. This is one of the greatest players of all time.”
Wilson shot 16-for-23 from the floor and 20-for-21 from the foul line in the win.
She matched former WNBA center Liz Cambage, who scored 53 points for the Dallas Wings against the New York Liberty on July 17, 2018. Before Cambage, guard Riquna Williams became the first WNBA player to score at least 50 points in a game when she scored 51 for the Tulsa Shock against the New York Liberty in 2013.
Wilson’s tour de force pushed her points total this season to 735, the most in Aces history, surpassing Plum, who scored 726 in 2022. The outburst came just 11 days after the two-time MVP set her previous career high of 40 points.
Aces coach Becky Hammon echoed Plum’s sentiment when speaking of Wilson.
“She runs like a deer, jumps like a cat and catches as if she were Spider-Man,” Hammon told reporters. “She is just special. Her real gift is in her humility and grace and how she handles herself and her teammates. She is a phenomenal superstar.”
Wilson and the Aces are in the midst of a four-game road trip, which continues Thursday against the Chicago Sky. Las Vegas holds the best record in the league at 29-4 with seven games remaining in the regular season.