Aces Best Liberty in Final Seconds Despite Strong New York Effort

TEAM NOTABLES

#SayHerNameIt has been 149 days since Breonna Taylor was shot and killed in her own apartment. The officers responsible for her death have not been arrested.

The Liberty (1-6) fell to the Aces (5-2) on Sunday afternoon, 78-76.

New York had 30 rebounds, 17 assists and knocked down 10 three-pointers, which is the team’s second consecutive game in double-digits from beyond the arc.

The home team scored 44 first half points, a season-high.

New York’s defense held Las Vegas to a season-low 78 points, which is 10 below their previous season average of 88.1 points per game.

Key Runs:

The Liberty opened the game on a 16-8 run. Las Vegas ended the first quarter on a 10-2 run, cutting what was once a 10-point Liberty lead to four.

Las Vegas took its first lead of the game with 7:27 remaining in the first half. The visiting team went on a 10-4 run to cut the deficit and get two points ahead of New York.

The Aces outscored New York 21-17 in the third quarter to begin the fourth quarter down only three points.

In Vegas’ fourth quarter performance, the team outscored New York 20-15. That was enough to complete their comeback and secure the win in the final 60 seconds of play.

Up Next: The New York Liberty will take on the Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday, August 11, at 10 p.m. ET.

 

PLAYER NOTABLES

#SayHerNameIt has been 149 days since Breonna Taylor was shot and killed in her own apartment. The officers responsible for her death have not been arrested.

Amanda Zahui B connected on 4-of-6 threes, one shy of her career high, in the first half and recorded a team-high 20 points on the day, shooting 66.7% (6-9) from beyond the arc. She also added 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block.

Layshia Clarendon dished a season-high 8 assists, 7 of which came in the first half. Layshia finished the game with 10 points on 54.5% (6-11) shooting from the field.

Joyner Holmes finished with a career-high 11 points in her seventh career WNBA game.

Kiah Stokes tied her season-high with 6 points, including a game-high 12 rebounds along with 3 assists.

Kia Nurse finished with 7 points, while Megan Walker added 5 points to the Liberty effort.

Leaonna Odom had her second career start against the Aces scoring 6 points while going 75% from the field.

Vegas All-Star forward A’ja Wilson scored a season-high 31 points on 91.7% (11-12) from the free throw line. Wilson banked in a jumper to seal the victory for the Aces with 6 seconds remaining in the game.

Jackie Young and Dearica Hamby added 15 and 13 points, respectively.