FSM Essential Recap: Aces vs Liberty – Game 23 – 2022

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Las Vegas Aces (16-7)  |  New York Liberty (9-13)



The Las Vegas Aces’ snapped their two-game losing streak and avenged their 116-107 loss to the New York Liberty last Wednesday with a 107-101 win Tuesday in the Big Apple. The victory didn’t come without suspense and some serious ebbs and flows. Check out the recap below for details.



Aces vs Liberty
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The Las Vegas Aces and New York Liberty played a highly entertaining basketball game last week on the eve of the WNBA All-Star Break, a game that one would more than likely be a candidate for Game of the Year. And while the matchup makes for a fun battle, indeed, a second game between the two just six days wouldn’t live up to the magnificence of the first, right?

For 20 minutes, that certainly was the case. The Aces, locked in after a concerning and gut-wrenching defeat, came out of the All-Star Break playing like they had a lot of things to prove. Things such as they are the odds-on favorite across sportsbooks to win the 2022 title, they are the best offensive team in the league, and they are still the team that took the W by storm when opening up the season with a 13-2 record. As much was shown in their 52-28 halftime lead in which the Liberty was swarmed by the Las Vegas defense and held to just 26.2 percent shooting from the floor and forced into eight turnovers.

But as I said, it was a marvelous basketball display by the Aces for 20 minutes. The other 20? Buckle up for this.

New York emerged from the locker room with plenty of halftime adjustments. The adjustments rivaled the ones made in the Liberty’s 61-point second-half showing in their 116-107 win in Las Vegas almost a week ago. Except, this time, the modifications to the offensive attack were more productive.

How’s 73 sound? That’s the number of points that Sandy Brondello’s squad netted in the final 20 minutes alone. The Aces watched as New York drilled 12 of 18 3-pointers, 15 of 15 free throws, and registered 14 assists on its 23 made buckets as the one-time 24-point lead dwindled to as few as three. The unraveling mirrored the historically bad 28-point squandered lead in a losing effort to the Chicago Sky, which happened to be the game that started to Aces slump. Another one of those, during this 2-5 stretch after back-to-back losses, would have felt undeniably worse.

And as Sabrina Ionescu did her best (21 points in the fourth quarter), the Aces found a way to hold on. Just narrowly escaping disaster.



A’ja Wilson (Aces) – 23 PTS, 14 REBS, 3 ASTS, 2 STLS, 1 BLK

Jackie Young (Aces) – 23 PTS, 5 REBS, 7 ASTS, 3 STLS

Kelsey Plum (Aces) – 27 PTS, 3 REBS, 3 ASTS, 3/9 3PT

Sabrina Ionescu (Liberty) – 27 PTS, 3 REBS, 5 ASTS, 4/9 3PT

Sami Whitcomb (Liberty) – 17 PTS, 3 ASTS, 5/6 3PT

Natasha Howard (Liberty) – 20 PTS, 11 REBS, 2 ASTS, 1 STL, 1 BLK


Las Vegas will look to put together their first winning streak in nearly a month when they run it back in the Big Apple on Thursday against the New York Liberty. The matchup will be the third of the season, with the winner taking the season series. Set your alarms and tune in bright and early for an 8 am EST tip. You can follow the action live on NBA TV.

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