Photo credit: Sports Radio Service/Shawn McCullough
By Shawn McCullough
Liz Cambage had June, 22, 2019 circled in red on her calendar for over a month now.
Cambage helped the Aces beat her former team, the Dallas Wings, 86-68 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
After the Aces acquired Cambage in May, she spoke openly about her struggles with her time with the Tulsa Shock, who later became the Dallas Wings.
“I was drafted to a team that I was open to not wanting to be a part of. When I came to the league, I was looking to be nurtured, I wanted to grow and I wanted to be looked after and cared for, but I was thrown in the deep end and I was just another object,” said Cambage back in May.
But Cambage is in a better place now in Las Vegas.
Cambage scored 11 points and pulled down nine rebounds, while Dearica Hamby came off the bench and scored a career high 27 points.
“Most importantly, I am just glad we got the win,” said Hamby. “It was a team effort and every night I come out and play as hard as I can and give it everything I got, so I’m glad it was rewarded tonight.”
Forward A’ja Wilson scored 20 points going 9 for 12 from the field.
“This is the type of team that we need to be at all times,” said Wilson. “We didn’t really show that against Washington, so we knew had to go back to the drawing board and get an understanding of where people need to be on time and just communicate out there. That’s what we did.”
With the win, the Aces improved to 5-4 on the season heading into a matchup against the Seattle Storm on Tuesday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
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- The Aces bench contributed with 37 points.
- Las Vegas had 31 assists in the game compared to Dallas’ 13.
- The Aces shot 53% from the field.
- Former Aces guard Moriah Jefferson, who was part of the Liz Cambage trade, did not play due to being on the temporarily suspended list.
F – 22 A’ja Wilson
F – 21 Kayla McBride
C – 8 Liz Cambage
G – 0 Jackie Young
G – 10 Kelsey Plum