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WNBA: Liz Cambage helps Aces slide past Mystics

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Liz Cambage recorded 24 points and 11 rebounds and Jackie Young added 22 points to help the Las Vegas Aces notch a 96-93 victory over the host Washington Mystics on Saturday afternoon.

Riquna Williams scored 20 points and made 4 of 6 from 3-point range for the Aces (7-3). Reigning WNBA MVP A’ja Wilson had 15 points and 15 rebounds but was just 3-of-14 shooting.

Myisha Hines-Allen recorded season highs of 32 points and 13 rebounds for Washington (2-5). Ariel Atkins tallied 29 points and WNBA leading scorer Tina Charles had 16, more than 10 below her average.

Charles showed her versatility early, hitting two 3-pointers in the first half.
While Charles claimed she wasn’t concerned about guarding the 6-foot-8 Cambage in a recent press conference, the rest of the Mystics’ defense seemed troubled by her size.

Cambage had a dominant game, and with 7:17 left in the second quarter, she laughed as she scored on Charles with a jump hook in the post.

With 9:01 left in the final quarter, Williams sank a 3-pointer from the corner, giving the Aces an 83-75 lead.

Las Vegas led by 13 with 4:11 left, but Atkins and Hines-Allen would keep the Mystics in the game.

With under three minutes, Atkins hit back-to-back threes as part of a 13-0 run. Hines-Allen tied the game at 90 on two free throws with a minute left.

Wilson drove to the rim to give the Aces a 92-90 advantage with 41.2 seconds left. Wilson later intercepted an inbound pass from Charles in the final seconds to seal the game.

–Field Level Media

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