Aces blow out Wings, 86-54

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Photo credit: Shawn McCullough/Sports Radio Service

By Shawn McCullough

The Las Vegas Aces showed that when their stars are either not available or have an off night, the bench can win games also.

Dearica Hamby, filling in for injured forward A’ja Wilson, scored 18 points, while going 6 for 8 from the field and hitting two 3-pointers in an 86-54 win at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

“I know people always talk about the post all-star hangover, but we did a really good job of setting the tempo very early and played good defense,” said Hamby.

Tamera Young came off the bench and scored a season high 18 points.

“It’s always important to play well and help out,” said Tamera Young.  “We’re finishing out the second half of the season, making a run at playoffs, so the bench has to come in and do our part. I think we did a great job of that tonight.”

All-Star center Liz Cambage went just 1 for 12 from the field for six points.

“Basically what we did tonight is what we were supposed to do, win a basketball game,” said head coach Bill Laimbeer.  “By two or by 32, it doesn’t really matter we just need to get the home win.”

The Aces (14-6) have now won eight of their last nine games heading into their next game in Los Angeles against the Sparks on Thursday at the Staples Center.

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Game Notes:

  • The Aces held the Wings to just 28.6% from the field.
  • Liz Cambage’s 50 game streak of scoring in double digits came to an end (6 points).
  • The Wings have now lost 16 straight games on the road.
  • The Aces had 27 assists in the game, to Dallas’ 11.

Game Starters:

F – 5 Dearica Hamby
F – 21 Kayla McBride
C – 8 Liz Cambage
G – 0 Jackie Young
G – 10 Kelsey Plum

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