NEW YORK – The New York Liberty hosted the Las Vegas Aces for their final matchup against one another for the 2019 season. The Aces (9-5) defeated the Liberty (7-8), 58-90.
Tina Charles led all Liberty scorers with 13 points on 31.3% (5-16) shooting from the field. She also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
Las Vegas opened with a 12-2 run to start the first three minutes of the game. The Aces led by as many as 18 in the first half. A three by Tina Charles right before the end of the second quarter, helped cut the Aces lead to 12 going into the locker room.
Kayla McBride and Liz Cambage each scored 13 first-half points for the Aces. Tina Charles led all Liberty scorers with 9 points. Asia Durr added 8 points in the first half.
The second half opened with the teams trading baskets, but not for long. With 3:15 remaining in the third, the Aces expanded their lead to 21 points after an and one by Kayla McBride. Las Vegas led by as many as 32 points in the game.
The fourth quarter opened with McBride hitting her fourth and fifth three-point shots of the game, back-to-back. The Aces went on to outscore the Liberty 23-13 in the quarter.
Turnovers continued to plague the Liberty offense. The team gave the ball back to the Aces seven times in the second half alone. On the game, New York turned the ball over a total of 19 times, leading to 24 points for Las Vegas.
The Aces shot 44.6% from the field and 43.8% (7-16) from the three-point line. New York shot 29.7% from the field and 27.3% (6-22) from the three-point line.
UP NEXT: New York will be back in action when the team travels to Chicago to face the Chicago Sky at Wintrust Arena on Friday, July 12. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. ET.
For the seventh-consecutive game, Tina Charles scored in double figures, leading all Liberty scorers with 13 points and 8 rebounds.
Tanisha Wright’s five assists on the day moved her up two notches to the 11thspot on the all-time assist list with 1,339 career assists, passing both Dawn Staley (1,337) and Liberty legend and Director of Player and Franchise Development, Teresa “T-Spoon” Weatherspoon (1,338).
Han Xu tied her career-high when she scored seven points for the Liberty in her 12 minutes of play, including a three-point shot in the fourth quarter.
Asia Durr and Brittany Boyd added eight points for the Liberty. Durr tied her career-high with four assists.
For the first time this season, the Liberty shot 100% (8-8) from the free throw line.