Tina Charles Scores Double Figures for Seventh Consecutive Game, Liberty Fall to Aces, 58-90
NEW YORK - The New York Liberty hosted the Las Vegas Aces for their final matchup against one another for the 2019 season. The Aces (9-5) defeated the Liberty (7-8), 58-90.
Tina Charles led all Liberty scorers with 13 points on 31.3% (5-16) shooting from the field. She also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
Las Vegas opened with a 12-2 run to start the first three minutes of the game. The Aces led by as many as 18 in the first half. A three by Tina Charles right before the end of the second quarter, helped cut the Aces lead to 12 going into the locker room.
Kayla McBride and Liz Cambage each scored 13 first-half points for the Aces. Tina Charles led all Liberty scorers with 9 points. Asia Durr added 8 points in the first half.
The second half opened with the teams trading baskets, but not for long. With 3:15 remaining in the third, the Aces expanded their lead to 21 points after an and one by Kayla McBride. Las Vegas led by as many as 32 points in the game.
The fourth quarter opened with McBride hitting her fourth and fifth three-point shots of the game, back-to-back. The Aces went on to outscore the Liberty 23-13 in the quarter.
Turnovers continued to plague the Liberty offense. The team gave the ball back to the Aces seven times in the second half alone. On the game, New York turned the ball over a total of 19 times, leading to 24 points for Las Vegas.
The Aces shot 44.6% from the field and 43.8% (7-16) from the three-point line. New York shot 29.7% from the field and 27.3% (6-22) from the three-point line.
UP NEXT: New York will be back in action when the team travels to Chicago to face the Chicago Sky at Wintrust Arena on Friday, July 12. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. ET.
For the seventh consecutive game, Tina Charles scored in double figures, leading all Liberty scorers with 13 points and 8 rebounds.
Tanisha Wright's five assists on the day moved her up two notches to the 11th spot on the all-time assist list with 1,339 career assists, passing both Dawn Staley (1,337) and Liberty legend and Director of Player and Franchise Development, Teresa "T-Spoon" Weatherspoon (1,338).
Han Xu tied her career-high when she scored seven points for the Liberty in her 12 minutes of play, including a three-point shot in the fourth quarter.
Asia Durr and Brittany Boyd added eight points for the Liberty. Durr tied her career-high with four assists.
For the first time this season, the Liberty shot 100% (8-8) from the free throw line.
The Las Vegas Aces shot 44.6% from the field and 43.8% from the three-point line in their third and final game against the Liberty this season.
Kayla McBride led all scorers with 24 points on 72.7% (8-11) shooting from the field and 71.4% (5-7) from the three-point line.
Liz Cambage scored a season-high 21 points for the Aces on 53.8% (7-13) shooting from the field. She also added 11 rebounds. She has scored in double figures in every game this season.
A'ja Wilson (12) and Tamera Young (11) also scored in double figures in the team's third-consecutive win.
NEW YORK QUOTES
Coach Katie Smith on Han Xu:
"I thought she held her own on the defensive end. I thought she did a good job on Cambage...I've told you guys from the jump, the kid can score, looks to score and can shoot it. On the offensive end, she's very smooth, understands, and can put the ball in the hole so I think she did fine tonight. Rebounded okay and she had solid minutes."
Coach Katie on Vegas' defense:
"The last two games, they bullied us. We didn't handle it. We can handle that pressure. We can find things we can dictate, but they made us turn it over, they made us cough it up, and we weren't strong enough with the basketball."
Coach Katie on team effort:
"I just wasn't pleased with the effort we had on both ends. Yes, we want to win games, but the way you win and lose is also something and I wasn't really pleased today with overall effort from top to bottom."
Coach Katie on team defense:
"When we put out the effort on the defensive end, when we're bringing it, that's when we are successful. But that can't waver, that's something that we've got to do every single night. We don't score as well as a lot of other people, so we have to be locked in on the defensive end to give ourselves a chance to be in ball games and that's our lot right now, that's who we are."
Coach Katie on next game:
"We'll get after our defense, obviously execution, handling pressure as well, but yeah we're going to get after it on the defensive end, again that's something we have to hang our hat on and obviously execution on offense and all the little things setting screens, using screens, handling pressure. Basic stuff that at the end of the day, wins and loses ball games."
Tina Charles on big factors in today's loss:
"Cambage, she asserted herself early, McBride as well. We allowed her to get whatever she wanted, and she went on a roll after that. Those were the two main keys for us, and our effort just wasn't there as it was in those three games that we won. We didn't match our effort like we did on the road. The way the starting five began that game defensively, offensively and mentally, we were just out of it."
Kia Nurse on team's growth:
"We've learned that everyone has a role, and everybody can step up if something happens to one of our players or someone gets sick. We know that we can come out and fight, that way we will give ourselves a winning chance. Moving forward, every game is a new game, and you try to win every game."
LAS VEGAS QUOTES
Coach Bill Laimbeer opening statement on the game:
"We talked about defensive intensity, something we have been lacking the last three games. We had good energy from Liz Cambage, and Kayla McBride had a solid game."
Coach Bill on Liz Cambage and A'ja Wilson:
"They are learning each other very well. They both are starting to understand who they are."
Coach Bill on the Las Vegas Aces:
"Different nights, different people will step up. We have a lot of quality players and tonight was defensive, and that was the game plan."
A'ja Wilson opening statement:
"When you have the opportunity to play with a big that is as skillful as Liz Cambage, you find different ways to give her the basketball, and that's what makes all of our post players so well. We balance off of each other."
Wilson on team's turnaround from last season:
"This is definitely the fastest process I have been a part of. We went from not making it to the playoffs, to people saying we are going to win it all. I think we are doing a great job not letting it get to us, because we have not won anything. We know we have to work ten times harder because we have that target on our backs and I think it fuels our fire to keep going."
Wilson on team effort:
"We have a starting five where anyone can score a basket at any time. You need a healthy balance in a team, and that's what we have so I don't feel any pressure at all. I feel that we are coming together at a right time to continue on."
Kayla McBride on team performance:
"We wanted to come out and set the tone on defense first, and let our offense take over. I thought we all did a great job across the board from the bench to the starters. We came in with the mindset that we are going to get stops on defense and win this game."
McBride on Liberty cutting into lead:
"We knew in their last few games they have been coming back from behind. If they went on a run, we knew how to respond and continue our defensive effort."
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