Minus suspended coach Becky Hammon, Aces rout Storm 105-64 to open title defense

SEATTLE (AP) — Jackie Young and Kelsey Plum both scored 23 points, and the Las Vegas Aces opened defense of their WNBA championship with a 105-64 win over the Seattle Storm. Las Vegas was without head coach Becky Hammon following her two-game suspension by the league earlier this week following an investigation into former Aces player Dearica Hamby saying she had been bullied and manipulated for being pregnant. The Aces didn’t miss a beat without their head coach on the sideline. Six Aces players finished in double figures. Jewell Loyd led Seattle with 22 points as the Storm began what’s expected to be a rebuild season. For the first time since 2002, Sue Bird was no longer part of Seattle’s roster.