LAS VEGAS (June 17, 2021)—The Las Vegas Aces passed the century mark for the fourth time this season, improving to 10-3 on the year with a 103-76 victory over the visiting New York Liberty (6-6)
First Quarter (Las Vegas 22, New York 15)
The Liberty led by 4, 15-11 with 3:32 to go, but the Aces scored 11 straight to close out the quarter. Chelsea Gray had a hand in 6 of the Aces 8 made field goals, draining 3 for 8 points and assisting on 3 others.
Second Quarter (Las Vegas 55, New York 34)
Las Vegas went on a 17-4 run midway through the period turning a five-point lead into an 18-point advantage. Riquna Williams scored the first 11 points in the run with three three-pointers and a driving layup.
Third Quarter (Las Vegas 80, New York 57)
The Liberty got as close as 15 in the quarter, but a 14-2 Aces run pushed the lead back out to 27. A’ja Wilson scored 10 points in the quarter, and Las Vegas was a perfect 10 for 10 from the free throw line.
Fourth Quarter (Las Vegas 103, New York 76)
The Aces’ lead vacillated between 22 and 27 throughout the entire quarter. The Las Vegas’ bench scored all of the team’s 23 points in the quarter, while the starters logged just 2:04 of playing time in the period.
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The Aces out-rebounded the Liberty 52-36 including 15-9 on the offensive glass.
Las Vegas made 44.2 percent of its shots from the field (34 for 77), while the Liberty made 31.3 percent of theirs (26 for 83).
New York made 10 of 38 shots from three-point range (.263), while Las Vegas went 11 for 23 (.478).
The Aces made 24 of 30 free throws, while New York made 14 of 19.
Las Vegas’ bench outscored the Liberty’s 41-26.
The Aces outscored New York 34-22 in points in the paint
The Aces scored 100 or more points for the fourth time this season.
Kelsey Plum scored in double-figures for the 5th time this season, and the 48th in her career, and if she isn’t named Western Conference Player of the Week, Bill will try and get me fired (18 points). She also handed out a season-high 7 assists.
A’ja Wilson has scored in double figures in 43 consecutive regular season games dating back to the 2019 season (17 points tonight). She has scored in double figures 91 times in her 94-game career.
Liz Cambage scored in double figures for the 13th game this season, and the 111th time in her career (13 points).
Liz Cambage grabbed the 1,000th rebound of her career.
Dearica Hamby scored in double figures for the 7th time this season, and the 88th time of her career (10 points). She also added a season-high 12 rebounds for her second double-double of the season.
Las Vegas is 10-0 this season when scoring 85 or more points.
Las Vegas is off for the week, but returns to the hardwood on Friday, June 25 at Minnesota. Tip is slated for 5 pm PT.