GAME RECAP: Wilson’s 31 Points Help Aces Erase 12-Point Deficit In, 78-76, Win Over New York

Palmetto, FL (August 9, 2020)—For the second time in three games, the Las Vegas Aces fell behind by double digits early, but were able to pull out the win, upending the New York Liberty, 78-76 Sunday evening. A’ja Wilson scored 12 of her season-high 31 points in the fourth quarter, including the final basket with 6.9 seconds remaining.

KEY RUNS

First Quarter (New York 24, Las Vegas 20)

New York began the game on a 22-12 run, but the Aces closed out the quarter by scoring 8 of the final 10 points.

Second Quarter (New York 44, Las Vegas 37)

Las Vegas scored 10 of the first 14 points in the quarter to take its first lead of the game, 30-28. The Liberty countered by scoring the next 8 points, and went into the break leading by seven.

Third Quarter (New York 61, Las Vegas 58)

New York scored seven of the first nine points coming out of the locker room to take its largest lead, 51-39. It was still a 10-point Liberty lead with 3;34 remaining, 56-46, but the Aces sliced the advantage to three by quarter’s end, 62-68

Fourth Quarter (Las Vegas 78, New York 76)

Las Vegas scored the final six points of the game over the last two minutes for the win. Aja Wilson scored 12 points of Las Vegas’ 20 points in the quarter, including the final basket with 6.9 seconds to go for the win.

KEY STATS

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The Liberty shot 10 of 28 from three-point range, while the Aces went 1 for 8.

The Aces went 21 for 24 from the free throw line, while New York went 10 for 16.

Las Vegas turned 16 New York turnovers into 18 points, while the Liberty turned 10 Aces’ turnovers into 8 points.

The Aces bench outscored the Liberty bench 33-22.

GAME NOTES

A’ja Wilson scored in double figures for the seventh straight game to start the season, and the 63rd time in her 66th game as a pro. It was also her 30th time scoring 20 or more points, and 4th scoring 30 or more (31 points).

Jackie Young scored in double figures for the 3rd time this season (the 3rd time in her last 4 games), and the 10th time in her professional career (15 points).

Dearica Hamby scored in double figures for the 7th time this season and the 70th time in her career (13 points). Hamby made all four of her shots from the floor (including one from long distance) and all four of her free throws.

Amanda Zahui B scored 14 points on 4 of 6 shooting from long distance in the first half, but foul trouble limited her to 11:35 minutes in the second half where she went just 2 for 3 for 6 points.

NEXT OPPONENT

Las Vegas remains on the road, traveling to Palmetto, Florida, Wednesday, to take on the Indiana Fever on ESPN2 beginning at 7 pm ET/4 pm PT.