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Liberty Drop Heartbreaking Game Against Aces 78-76

VIDEO: New York Liberty Head Coach Walt Hopkins along with starts Amanda Zahui B and Kiah Stokes share these thoughts after the team’s 78-76 loss to the Las Vegas Aces in WNBA action on Sunday (8/9)

The New York Liberty (1-7) hung tough against one of the best teams in the WNBA in the Las Vegas Aces (6-2) but could not pick up the victory falling by a score of 78-76.

Here are some interesting notes from that game:

     New York snagged 30 rebounds, 17 assists and knocked down 10 three-pointers, which is the team’s second consecutive game in double-digits beyond the arc.

      The home team scored 44 first half points, a season-high.

      New York’s defense held Las Vegas to a season-low 78 points, which is 10 points below their previous season average of 88.1 points per game.

Key Runs:

      The Liberty opened the game on a 16-8 run. Las Vegas ended the first quarter on a 10-2 run, cutting what was once a 10-point Liberty lead to four.

      Las Vegas took its first lead of the game with 7:27 remaining in the first half. The visiting team went on a 10-4 run to cut the deficit and get two points ahead of New York.

      The Aces outscored New York 21-17 in the third quarter to begin the fourth quarter down only three points.

      In Vegas’ fourth quarter performance, the team outscored New York 20-15. That was enough to complete their comeback and secure the win in the final 60 seconds of play.

     Up Next: The New York Liberty will take on the Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday, August 11, at 10 p.m. ET.

PLAYER NOTABLES

     Amanda Zahui B connected on 4-of-6 threes, one shy of her career high, in the first half and recorded a team-high 20 points on the day, shooting 66.7% (6-9) from beyond the arc. She also added 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block.

      Layshia Clarendon dished a season-high 8 assists, 7 of which came in the first half. Layshia finished the game with 10 points on 54.5% (6-11) shooting from the field.

      Joyner Holmes finished with a career-high 11 points off the bench in her seventh career WNBA game.

      Kiah Stokes tied her season-high with 6 points, including a game-high 12 rebounds along with 3 assists.

      Kia Nurse finished with 7 points, and Megan Walker added 5 points to the Liberty effort.

      Leaonna Odom had her second career start against the Aces scoring 6 points while going 75% from the field.

     Vegas All-Star forward A’ja Wilson scored a season-high 31 points on 91.7% (11-12) from the free throw line. Wilson banked in a jumper to seal the victory for the Aces with 6 seconds remaining in the game.

      Jackie Young and Dearica Hamby added 15 and 13 points, respectively.

For more information on the New York Liberty fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

https://liberty.wnba.com/

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