The New York Liberty (24-6) took down the league-leading Las Vegas Aces 82-63 within the third annual WNBA Commissioner’s Cup competitors Tuesday night time. Liberty ahead/middle Jonquel Jones earned the MVP award with 16 factors and a game-high 15 rebounds. Teammate Marine Johannès scorched the Aces from three-point land with 5 three-pointers at Michelob Extremely Enviornment in Las Vegas.
It was the primary residence lack of the summer time for Las Vegas (27-3). It was additionally the third of 5 conferences between the 2 franchises this summer time. The Liberty maintain the lead within the sequence now, 2-1.
Johannès had back-to-back treys within the first quarter that gave her workforce a 17-8 lead with a minute left within the first quarter. The Liberty went into the second stanza with a 17-11 benefit and Johannès continued her three-point onslaught with a fourth one early within the quarter for a 28-17 lead for New York. Nevertheless, Vegas fought again and guard Chelsea Grey made a free throw to tie the sport up at 32 all with 41 seconds left earlier than the half. Jackie Younger adopted up with a operating layup to present the Aces a 34-32 lead on the break.
Tables turned within the third quarter as New York outscored the house workforce 24-14 in ten minutes to go into the final quarter with a 56-48 lead.
Three different Liberty gamers scored in double digits together with Breanna Stewart (13 factors, seven rebounds), Sabrina Ionescu (12 factors, eight rebounds), and Courtney Vandersloot (11 factors, six rebounds, and 10 assists). Stewart was the 2021 Commissioner’s Cup MVP.
Younger led the Aces with 16 factors and 4 rebounds. Grey and Kelsey Plum had 15 factors every. Grey additionally collected six rebounds and dished out 5 assists whereas Plum had six assists.
The highest groups within the Jap and Western Convention play within the in-season competitors. Gamers and charities profit financially from the occasion. As winners, Liberty gamers acquired about $30,000 whereas Aces gamers earned about $10,000. The Liberty selected Callen Lorde Health Center as its beneficiary whereas the Aces chosen NAMI Southern Nevada.
“In New York when the Liberty wins all of us win! Callen-Lorde is proud to be your companion and we’re grateful on your dedication to our mission to supply affirming healthcare for LGBTQ+ folks and supportive, sex-positive healthcare for all girls,” Donnie Roberts, Senior Director of Improvement and Communications at Callen-Lorde mentioned in a press release.
Final season, the Aces gained the competitors and Seattle gained the primary one in 2021. The sport doesn’t rely towards the season’s win-loss rely. The 2 groups meet once more this week in Las Vegas on Thursday in a regular-season contest. Counting the Commissioner’s Cup, the Liberty is on a seven-game win streak.