The New York Liberty blew a 12 point lead to lose to the Las Vegas Aces 78-76 at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. The loss drops the Liberty to 1-6 on the season. While the win improves the Aces to 5-2 on the season.
The game ended in a strange way with three reviews in the final minutes, for out of bounds and/or adding time on the clock. The last of the reviews came as a Liberty game-tying layup came after the buzzer, on an early clock start. Liberty head coach Walt Hopkins puts this at the feet of the scoreboard operator, “somebody made a really big mistake and stole a game from us.” He also noted the number of calls that A’ja Wilson got, taking 12 free throws, as “the stars get calls.”
With 8:03 to go in the third quarter, the Liberty were up 48-37, thanks to a jumper by Amanda Zahui B. That was Zahui B’s 20th point of the day, something she would be stuck with for the rest of the way, as she was subbed out two minutes later and did not return until, 7:45 to go in the 4th quarter. During which time the 12 point lead dwindled down to a four point lead. In regards to the substitution, Coach Hopkins chalked it up the mere fact that Zahui B was in foul trouble, sitting on four fouls, and they could not afford to lose her for the fourth quarter.
The Liberty continued to struggle in the turnover department, turning the ball over 16 times in this game, slightly below their league-leading 18.7 turnovers per game.
The New York Liberty try to get back in the win column, on Tuesday, August 11th, when they face the Los Angeles Sparks. The Las Vegas Aces look to make it five wins in a row when they face the Indiana Fever on Tuesday.
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