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Liberty overmatched as Aces clinch playoff spot

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BRADENTON, Fla. — A’ja Wilson had 20 points, seven rebounds and five blocks, Dearica Hamby added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and the Las Vegas Aces beat the Sabrina Ionescu-less New York Liberty 80-63 on Saturday to clinch a playoff spot.

Amanda Zahui B grabbed a career-high 21 rebounds to set a single-game record for the Liberty, passing Tina Charles’ 19 in 2017. The WNBA record is 24, set by Chamique Holdsclaw in 2003.

Paris Kea scored a career-high 14 points to pace New York (2-13). Kiah Stokes had 12 points and eight rebounds.

It was tied at 56 at the end of the third quarter before Las Vegas opened the fourth on a 13-0 run. Another 8-0 spurt made it 77-58, and the Aces cruised by outscoring the Liberty 24-7 in the frame.

Sugar Rodgers scored 12 points for Las Vegas (12-3), which has won four straight. Kayla McBride and Angel McCoughtry each had 10 points. Ionescu is still recovering from a Grade 3 ankle sprain she suffered on July 31.

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