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WNBA: A’ja Wilson scores 30 to lead Aces past Liberty

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A’ja Wilson recorded a double-double with 30 points and 13 rebounds as the Las Vegas Aces notched a 94-82 victory over the host New York Liberty on Thursday night.

The imposing duo of Wilson and fellow star Liz Cambage overwhelmed the Liberty’s undersized roster all night, combining for 42 points. Jackie Young scored 16 points and Dearica Hamby added 13 off the bench for the Aces (6-3).

Betnijah Laney scored 23 points to lead the Liberty (5-3). Laney has had at least 20 points in all eight games to start the season. Rebecca Allen came off the bench to score 16 points on 7-of-16 shooting. She had made 12 total field goals in her first six games combined.

Sabrina Ionescu, who had an incredible start to the year, was held scoreless until the 4:59 mark of the third quarter and scored just five points. She now has scored a combined 11 points in the last two games. Ionescu logged a team-high nine assists along with nine rebounds.

The Aces led by as much as 19 in the second quarter, but the Liberty found their range toward the end of the first half. Allen sank two shots from deep midway through the second quarter, changing the momentum of the game going into the second half, trailing 52-44.

Wilson took over the game in the third quarter, scoring 10 points. She showed her range, sinking two crucial 20-foot jumpers to help the Aces to a 75-67 lead heading into the fourth.

Despite her slow game offensively, Ionescu hit one of the biggest shots of the game, a 3-pointer to bring the Liberty within six with 9:05 left in the game. Laney hit a 7-foot pull-up jump shot with four minutes left, bringing the Liberty to within one.

But Wilson scored four straight points for an 84-80 lead, and Riquna Williams hit the dagger 3-point shot with 2:23 left in the game, stretching the Aces lead to eight, 88-80. The 26-foot jumper was Williams’ first field goal of the game. She would hit another 3-pointer to finish with eight.

–Field Level Media

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