McBride's Season-High 27 Points Propel Aces to 88-78 Victory over Visiting New York
LAS VEGAS, NV - The Las Vegas Aces got a season-high 24 points from Kayla McBride, and another double-double from rookie MVP candidate A'ja Wilson Friday night, as they upended the visiting New York Liberty, 88-78, at Mandalay Bay Events Center. It is the fourth win in the last six games for Las Vegas who improved to 5-9 on the year.
The teams were tied three times early in the fourth quarter, and it was just a three-point Las Vegas lead with 2:31 to go, but the Aces scored 10 of the next 14 points to go up nine with 23.2 seconds remaining and effectively end the game.
Las Vegas mamde 6 of 10 shots from three-point range while the Liberty went 8 for 26.
New York made just 37.5 percent of its shots from the field, but took 16 more shots than the Aces, who connected on 42.2 percent of their shots.
The Aces went 28 for 31 from the free throw line, while the Liberty went 10 for 10.
Las Vegas outscored New York 17-8 on second chance points.
A'ja Wilson (20 points) scored in double figures for the 14th straight game to start her career.
A'ja Wilson recorded her sixth double-double of the season (20 points, 14 rebounds)
Kayla McBride (season-high 27 points) reached double figures in scoring for the 11th time this season, and the 10th time in a row.
Kayla McBride's 4 made threes are the most by an Aces player this season.
New York shooting guard Shavonte Zellous, who had started all 10 of the Liberty's games this season, missed the contest due to illness. An important offensive weapon, the team is 4-1 when she scores in double-figures.
Kia Vaughn got off to a great start for the Liberty, scoring six points and corralling four rebounds in the first quarter.
Tina Charles struggled in the first half, scoring just four points on a 2-of-11 showing from the field. Despite a poor shooting night, the forward still had a solid all-around game, finishing with 14 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.
Charles reached 5,000 career points with a three-pointed midway through the third quarter. She is the fifth-fastest player in WNBA history to reach the milestone.
Amanda Zahui B beat the buzzer with a second chance layup at the end of the third, pulling the Liberty to within two points. She then scored the first four New York points of the fourth quarter. The center finished with 12 points in 15 minutes off the bench.
The Liberty couldn't find an offensive rhythm in the first half; their 26 points marked a season-low for any half. As a team, they shot just 23 percent from the field before the break. Additionally, they managed just 11 points in the second quarter, matching their season-low for any quarter.
Kia Nurse registered 13 points, the rookie's eighth time this season scoring in double figures.
New York's 35.9 shooting percentage for the game was their lowest all season.
Las Vegas tipped off its first season of WNBA competition in May of 2018. Playing at Mandalay Bay Events Center, the Aces are coached by legendary NBA player and WNBA head coach Bill Laimbeer. Tickets to Aces games may be purchased at LasVegasAces.com. For additional information about the Aces please visit LasVegasAces.com or follow on social media via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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