Aces rout Lib­erty

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - Scoreboard -

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Dearica Hamby scored 17 points and Kayla McBride added 16 to lead a bal­anced of­fense in the Las Ve­gas Aces’ 78-63 vic­tory over the New York Lib­er­tyon Wed­nes­day night.

The game marked the re­turn of Bill Laim­beer, who coached the Lib­erty for five years be­fore head­ing to Las Ve­gas in the off­sea­son. Laim­beer joked be­fore the game that the teams ran the same plays and that they could call each other’s sets.

The fa­mil­iar­ity cer­tainly helped Las Ve­gas, which was play­ing the sec­ond half of a back-to-back. The Aces won in over­time in In­di­ana on Tues­day night be­fore fly­ing to New York on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

They led 37-33 at the half be­hind a bal­anced ef­fort. Wilson had nine points in the first half as the Aces were able to over­come a 17-point first half by Tina Charles.

Las Ve­gas (3-7) ex­tended the lead to a dou­ble-digit ad­van­tage be­hind Hamby af­ter three quar­ters. The Lib­erty couldn’t get within sin­gle dig­its the rest of the way. New York’s frus­tra­tions boiled over with 6:03 left in the fourth when Shavonte Zel­lous was whis­tled for a foul. Zel­lous dis­agreed with the call and was ejected af­ter re­ceiv­ing two tech­ni­cal from of­fi­cial Tif­fany Bird.

Charles led New York (3-5) with 19 points. The Lib­erty had an off shoot­ing night, go­ing 4 for 24 from the 3-point line.

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