Top scorers meet in New York-Las Vegas matchup
Las Vegas Aces (16-7, 12-2 Western Conference) at New York Liberty (9-14, 7-5 Eastern Conference)
New York; Thursday, 11 a.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Two of the league’s top scorers, Sabrina Ionescu and Kelsey Plum, meet when New York and Las Vegas take the court. Ionescu is eighth in the WNBA averaging 17.9 points per game and Plum leads the league averaging 20.6 points per game.
The Liberty are 4-8 in home games. New York is third in the Eastern Conference scoring 80.2 points while shooting 43.3% from the field.
The Aces are 8-3 in road games. Las Vegas ranks third in the Western Conference with 20.4 assists per game led by Chelsea Gray averaging 5.9.
The teams meet for the third time this season. The Aces won 107-101 in the last matchup on July 12. Plum led the Aces with 27 points, and Ionescu led the Liberty with 27 points.
TOP PERFORMERS: Ionescu is averaging 17.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists for the Liberty. Marine Johannes is averaging 2.6 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for New York.
Plum is shooting 41.8% from beyond the arc with 3.3 made 3-pointers per game for the Aces, while averaging 20.6 points and 5.5 assists. A’ja Wilson is averaging 20.2 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks over the last 10 games for Las Vegas.
LAST 10 GAMES: Liberty: 4-6, averaging 85.8 points, 34.4 rebounds, 23.1 assists, 5.4 steals and 4.3 blocks per game while shooting 44.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 86.2 points per game.
Aces: 5-5, averaging 90.2 points, 34.2 rebounds, 20.0 assists, 7.9 steals and 3.3 blocks per game while shooting 44.6% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 93.5 points.
INJURIES: Liberty: Betnijah Laney: out (knee), Jocelyn Willoughby: out (quad).
Aces: None listed.