For the first time since 2019, the Las Vegas Aces have lost three games in a row. But the two-time defending champions said they are still betting on themselves to get back to top-tier status in the WNBA, even though they are currently 5-5.

“This is a long, long, long season,” Aces star A’ja Wilson said after Las Vegas 100-86 loss to the Minnesota Lynx on Tuesday. “I’m not going to press the panic button. I’m still going to bet on us. I know exactly what’s in that locker room.”

The Aces had four players named to the U.S. Olympic 5×5 team Tuesday: Wilson, Jackie YoungKelsey Plum and Chelsea Gray. But Gray, who was injured in the WNBA Finals last year, has yet to play this season and her absence has been huge. Young was back in the lineup after missing the Aces’ previous game with illness, but she didn’t look 100 percent.

The Aces as a team haven’t looked like themselves of late, having lost four of their last five games. They lost at Atlanta on May 31, came back with a win at Dallas, but have lost to Seattle, Los Angeles and Minnesota since.

The last time Las Vegas lost three straight was Aug. 23-27, 2019, when Bill Laimbeer was still head coach. That is the second-longest span in WNBA history between single-season three-game losing streaks — 143 games — according to Elias Sports Bureau. The longest such streak was by the Houston Comets — 224 games — from the launch of the WNBA in 1997 to 2003.