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.
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.
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.
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