Las Vegas routs New York 78-63 in Bill Laimbeer’s return
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — 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.
WE ARE NEW YORK: New Knicks coach David Fizdale and his staff took in the game, sitting near the Liberty bench. Kyle O’Quinn was also at the game.
FINALLY HEALTHY: For the first time this season the New York Liberty had their full roster available. Epiphanny Prince, who missed the first seven games while recovering from a concussion, played as well as Kiah Stokes, who was sidelined with plantar fasciitis. Prince received a warm ovation from the crowd when she entered the game in the second quarter. She played nearly 7:30 and had three points.
Aces: Finish off four-game trip in Dallas on Friday night.
Liberty: Play at Minnesota on Saturday.