Aces Hold Off Liberty, 82-94, After an 18-Point New York Comeback

TEAM NOTABLES

Home in Brooklyn, the New York Liberty (5-3) fell to the Las Vegas Aces (6-3), 94-82, in the team’s first of three meetings this month.

Las Vegas led by as many as 19 points in the first half, but New York cut the Aces lead to eight before heading into the locker room at the half. In the second half, New York cut Vegas’ lead to one point, but ultimately lost the contest. The Liberty finished the game with 25 team assists. The team also totaled 38 rebounds (tied with Aces), 8 steals, 4 blocks and 27 bench points. Each team finished with 11 turnovers, which was a season-low for New York.

The Liberty converted on 17 fast break points, compared to Vegas’ 6, and were just one basket shy of tying the Aces in points in the paint (36-38).

New York finished on 40.7% (33-81) shooting from the field, 30% (9-30) from beyond the arc (season-low) and 77.8% at the free throw line.

For the eighth consecutive game, Betnijah Laney scored 20 or more points, finishing with 23 points, the team high. The only Liberty player to record 20+ points in 8+ consecutive games is Tina Charles (longest streak of 9 games).

Laney is the first Liberty player to open a season with seven games of 20+ points in franchise history. Throughout the league’s history, the record for the longest 20+ point streak to open a season is 9 and is held by Cynthia Cooper (1999 season).

1999 Cooper, Cynthia, Hou.                   9

2009 Jackson, Lauren, Sea.                   8

2000 Swoopes, Sheryl, Hou.                  8

2021 Laney, Betnijah, N.Y.                     8

Up Next: For the first time this season, the New York Liberty will matchup against the Connecticut Sun (7-2) on Saturday, June 5, at Mohegan Sun Arena. Tip-off is 7 pm ET on YES and NESN.

 

PLAYER NOTABLES

For the eighth consecutive game, Betnijah Laney (23) scored in double figures for New York. Laney added three assists and five rebounds on the night while shooting 8-20 (40.0%) from the field.

Rebecca Allen added a season-high 16 points on 43.8% shooting from the field. Bec scored 14 consecutive points in the second quarter to cut the Aces 19-point lead to within six.

In her 2021 debut, Neah Odom added seven points on perfect shooting from the field (3-3) and beyond the arc (1-1) in her 11:44 minutes of play.

Liberty guard Sami Whitcomb recorded 14 points on 60% (6-10) from the field and 40.0% (2-5) from deep. Whitcomb also added five rebounds and five assists on the night.

Kia WNBA Rookie of the Month, Michaela Onyenwere, totaled 11 points on 50% (2-4) shooting from beyond the arc.

Kiah Stokes added four points and 13 rebounds. She also added two steals.

A’ja Wilson was the Ace’s leading scorer with a season-high 30 points on 52.9% (9-17) shooting from the field and a perfect 12-12 from the charity stripe.