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WNBA: Dearica Hamby scores 22, Aces roll past Fever

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A fast start and balanced scoring enabled the Las Vegas Aces to dump the Indiana Fever 101-78 on Sunday, giving them a sweep of their two-game weekend series in Las Vegas.

Dearica Hamby came off the bench to score 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting, leading five Aces in double figures. Riquna Williams added 16 and A’ja Wilson netted 15. Liz Cambage chipped in a 13-point, 13-rebound double-double while blocking five shots.

Jackie Young contributed 12 points as Las Vegas (5-2) connected on 56.7 percent of its field goal attempts, two days after hitting 55.1 while scoring a franchise-record 113 points in a 36-point blowout of Indiana.

Victoria Vivians scored 17 points in a reserve role and Teaira McCowan added 15 to pace the Fever (1-7), which gave up at least 83 points for the sixth time in eight games. Kelsey Mitchell hit for 10, but made just 3 of 14 shots from the field.

Poor shooting was a problem for Indiana all day. It made just 38.8 percent from the field, including 5 of 23 from the 3-point line.

It took Las Vegas about five minutes to put its stamp on the game. Hamby’s layup at the 5:31 mark of the first quarter initiated a run of 13 unanswered points that upped the margin to 24-10. The Aces took a 32-15 advantage to the second quarter.

Cambage converted a 3-point play two minutes into the second period to increase the lead to 20 for the first time. Indiana mustered enough resistance to cut the deficit to 15 with three minutes left in the half, but Las Vegas still headed for the break with a comfortable 48-29 cushion.

Any hope the Fever had of mounting a big second half comeback was quashed in the last four minutes of the third quarter when the Aces rattled off seven straight points. Cambage’s fadeaway with 15.7 seconds remaining sent them to the fourth quarter with a 72-46 margin.

–Field Level Media

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