March 7, 2022
Aces add depth by signing Theresa Plaisance and Sydney Colson
The Aces added help up front with a veteran center, plus a guard who has history with the franchise
The Las Vegas Aces signed Sydney Colson and Theresa Plaisance to training camp contracts earlier this week. Under new head coach Becky Hammon, the Aces will try to make it back to their fourth straight conference finals. The Aces are still led by perennial MVP candidate A’ja Wilson but lost third-leading scorer and second-leading rebounder Liz Cambage to the Los Angeles Sparks. Other than that, the Aces return all of their rotation players from a season ago.
Plaisance is a 6’5 forward in her eighth WNBA season. She was drafted in 2014 out of LSU by the Tulsa Shock in the third round. Plaisance has been with four different franchises before coming to Las Vegas. This is her first stint with the Aces. She is coming off one of the best seasons of her career last year in Washington. Plaisance played in 31 of 36 games for the Mystics, starting 11 of them. She averaged 6.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 18 minutes per game. Her rebounds and assists were career-high for her, and it was her second-best scoring season of her career. She also had her best three-point shooting season since 2017.
Of these two signings by the Aces, Plaisance is more likely to make the roster and impact the team. With the loss of Cambage, the Aces need a center and Plaisance is currently the only one on their roster. Plaisance had a resurgence last season, seeing her second-highest minute output of her career in Washington. She also had her best scoring and rebounding year so far in her seven-year career.
Plaisance also can knock down the three, something Las Vegas could use more of. She made the second-most threes of any year in her career, last season in Washington. The Aces were dead last in threes attempted and second to last in threes made in the WNBA last season. She is a good fit and I could see her starting alongside Wilson or coming off the bench when Wilson needs a break.
Colson is a 5’8 guard in her eighth WNBA season. She was drafted in 2011 out of Texas A&M by the Connecticut Sun in the second round. Sydney has been with five different WNBA franchises including a previous stint with Las Vegas in 2019. She hasn’t played in the WNBA since 2020. She averages 3.3 points, 0.9 rebounds, and 2 assists in 12.4 minutes per game for her career.
Her best season came in 2016 with San Antonio when she averaged 5 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 34 games off the bench. Colson isn’t a big three-point shooter never shooting more 26 threes in a season. Colson recently competed in Athletes Unlimited averaging 11.4 points, 2,6 rebounds and 6.9 assists in 30.4 minutes per game with three different teams. Like Colson, many players have been getting signed after good performances in Athletes Unlimited.
Colson, unfortunately, may end up being a training camp roster cut. Colson hasn’t played in the WNBA since 2020 but did play a meaningful role for the Aces in 2019. Her familiarity with the roster may be why she was added to the team. In her 2019 stint with the Aces, she played in 33 games, averaging 3 points, 1 rebound and 2 assists per game. Her recent play in Athletes Unlimited also contributed to why the Aces added her. She is clearly a very high-level passer, averaging almost 7 assists per game during her time in Athletes Unlimited.
The 32-year-old guard was probably added for her veteran experience and leadership more than her ability to contribute consistently on the court. The Aces have the 11th pick in the WNBA draft, so we will see how these two roster moves shake out as we head towards the start of Hammon’s first season at the helm of the Aces.
Written by Matthew Walter
Matthew Walter covers the Las Vegas Aces, the Pac-12 and the WCC for the Next. He is a former Director of Basketball Operations and Video Coordinator at three different Division I women's basketball programs.