Plum leads Aces to a 103-76 win over Liberty
Las Vegas Aces collectively dominated the New York Liberty in a two home game stance against New York, Thursday day at home, 103-76.
The streak is up to five straight wins for the Aces.
Las Vegas (10-3) will have eight days until they square off against the Minnesota Lynx, currently at (5-7), in a road matchup on Friday, June 25, at 5 p.m.
The Aces are the best in the league in terms of scoring efficiency. Offensively, they average 108 points per game and defensively they allow 94 points per game.
Overall, Las Vegas sits at number two in the WNBA according to the regular season standings, sitting behind the defending champions, Seattle Storm.
Aces’ guard Kelsey Plum was back to her original self in this one. She recorded 18 points and seven assists in her 25 minutes off-the-bench.
Plum is averaging 12 points per game with her new role of coming off the bench since her achilles injury.
"This isn't new for me, it wasn't unexpected," Plum said after her fourth double-digit scoring effort of the season and the 47th of her WNBA career. "This won't be the last time something like this happens."
Las Vegas took advantage of New York while guard Sabrina Ionescu was hampered with an ankle injury.
The Aces played with a level of relentlessness, they were aggressive with their shot making and aggressive with their defensive presence.
Ionescu played 15 minutes only recording one point for Liberty, despite being a pivotal part of the team’s game plan.
Las Vegas had difficulties trying to stop forward Betnijah Laney as she recorded 20 points, four assists and four rebounds, falling just short of a comeback effort in the fourth quarter.
The Aces looked like the number two team in the WNBA early on in the game and now will have a long period of time off again. not being able to make the easy shots and self forced turnovers attempting to make a play.
Four of the five starters for Las Vegas scored in double-figures and six overall.
The reigning MVP A’ja Wilson made a put-back layup, to run the score to 92-90, advantage Aces. Wilson grabbed a defensive rebound a few seconds later and knocked down two free throws to seal the game.
The team will have another grace period of and will be able to get rest ahead of preparing for their next game against the Minnesota.