November 27, 2021

WNBA: Wings beat Liberty despite 33 from Ionescu

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The Dallas Wings defeated the New York Liberty 93-80 on Wednesday night despite a game-high 33-point eruption from No 1 overall pick Sabrina Ionescu.

Wednesday night’s WNBA scores

  • New York Liberty 80-93 Dallas Wings
  • Phoenix Mercury 100-106 Indiana Fever
  • Atlanta Dream 70-100 Las Vegas Aces

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New York Liberty 80-93 Dallas Wings

Sabrina Ionescu goes on the attack against the Dallas Wings 1:36
Highlights of the New York Liberty’s WNBA regular-season match-up against the Dallas Wings

Arike Ogunbowale led five players in double figures with 20 points as the Dallas Wings earned a 93-80 win over the New York Liberty on Wednesday night.

Dallas’ balanced attack helped overcome a 33-point outburst from Liberty rookie Sabrina Ionescu, who was the league’s No 1 pick in April’s Draft. Ionescu finished 11-of-20 shooting, including 6-of-10 from three-point range, and added seven assists and seven rebounds. Layshia Clarendon was the only other Liberty player in double figures with 11 points.

The Wings (1-1) used an 11-2 run to start the second quarter and built a 35-24 advantage. Dallas led 58-43 at half-time and were not challenged in the second half.

New York (0-2) finished with 18 turnovers against 16 assists.

Moriah Jefferson scored 13 points for Dallas, Satou Sabally and Katie Lou Samuelson 12 each and Allisha Gray 10.

Phoenix Mercury 100-106 Indiana Fever

Bria Hartley of the Phoenix Mercury shoots the ball against the Indiana Fever 1:35
Highlights from the Phoenix Mercury’s WNBA clash with the Indiana Fever

Tiffany Mitchell scored 24 points, Teaira McCowan recorded a double-double and the Fever held off the Mercury.

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Mitchell made all 10 of her free throws, McCowan scored 20 points with 13 rebounds. Candice Dupree added 23 points and nine rebounds in the win, the first for new coach Marianne Stanley.

Mitchell’s three-pointer broke an 86-all tie with 5:56 left and the Fever (1-1) led the rest of the way. McCowan scored seven points in a two-minute stretch to extend the lead to 101-93 with just under two minutes left. But Bria Hartley had a three-point play with 37 seconds left, a 3 with 17 seconds to go, and Skylar Diggins-Smith made 1 of 2 foul shots to bring Phoenix to within 102-100 with 13.6 seconds left. Mitchell sealed the win with a pair of free throws.

Hartley scored 26 for Phoenix (0-2) and Brittany Griner added 23.

Atlanta Dream 70-100 Las Vegas Aces

Elizabeth Williams of the Atlanta Dream drives to the basket against the Las Vegas Aces 1:34
Highlights of the Atlanta Dream’s WNBA regular-season clash against the Las Vegas Aces

A’ja Wilson had 21 points with 11 rebounds and Dearica Hamby scored 20 to lead Las Vegas.

Alexis Jones’ three-pointer with seven minutes to go before half-time brought the Dream to 28-26. But Hamby countered with a lay-up, and her basket triggered a 12-1 run over the next three minutes from which Atlanta never recovered.

Lindsay Allen forced a turnover in the backcourt with a steal of Blake Dietrick and converted the lay-up at the buzzer for a 47-35 lead at intermission. A 30-point third quarter extended the lead to 77-54.

Kayla McBride scored 14 for the Aces (1-1), Angel McCoughtry added 12 and Allen 11. The Aces had a 47-25 rebounding advantage.

Elizabeth Williams led Atlanta (1-1) with 16 points. The Dream shot 5-of-28 from three-point range.

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