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Liberty continue road trip with back-to-back games vs. Aces

Field Level Media
15 Jun 2021, 05:19 GMT+10

The New York Liberty are off to a good start on a four-game road trip.

Now they have two games in three days against the red-hot Las Vegas Aces before facing the Sparks in Los Angeles.

The Liberty (6-4) won at Phoenix 85-83 on Sunday to end a three-game losing streak before heading to Las Vegas for games Tuesday and Thursday.

Starting guard Sabrina Ionescu missed Sunday's game because of ankle tendinitis, but four teammates scored in double figures. Ionescu's status is day-to-day.

Betnijah Laney led the way with 23 points and a game-high 10 assists. She had 17 points in the first half, and Jazmine Jones took over down the stretch, scoring 14 of her 16 points in the fourth quarter as she made 5 of 6 field goals.

"Jaz really put us on her back in the fourth quarter," New York coach Walt Hopkins said. "She kept the offense going, played some great defense."

Sami Whitcomb added 14 points and Kylee Shook scored 10, including 2-for-3 shooting from long distance.

"Kylee is one of our best shooters every day in practice," Hopkins said.

A'ja Wilson scored 19 of her 28 points in the second half as Las Vegas (8-3), playing for the first time since June 5, defeated visiting Dallas 85-78 on Sunday for its third straight win and sixth in seven games.

The Aces committed 16 turnovers, allowed 14 offensive rebounds and saw an early 11-point lead turn into a three-point third-quarter deficit before rallying.

"We've been off for eight days. We've been practicing, but it's not the same," said Kelsey Plum, who came off the bench to score 13 points. "It feels good to get a win. We'll continue to get better."

Center Liz Cambage scored 10 of her 14 points in the second half and finished with eight rebounds.

"When we needed some buckets, we went to them," Aces coach Bill Laimbeer said of Wilson and Cambage. "That's who we are. We're an inside-out team."

Las Vegas defeated the Liberty 94-82 on June 3 in New York.

--Field Level Media

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