The New York Liberty seems to be on a collision course with the Las Vegas Aces. Breanna Stewart, Sabrina Ionescu, and company ousted their first-round opponent, the Washington Mystics, on Tuesday night, 90-85, completing a two-game sweep.
The game went into overtime, sparked by center Jonquel Jones’ clutch rebounds and two free throws at the end of regulation. Overtime had too much Breanna Stewart for the Mystics to hold on.
Stewart led the Liberty with 27 points and nine rebounds. Jones added 19 points and 14 rebounds. While swing guard Betnijah Laney added another 19 points. Natasha Cloud led the Mystics in scoring with 33 points. Two-time league MVP Elena Delle Donne had 11 points but only shot 4-16, including 0-6, from the field.
“That’s the beauty of this team. It’s pick your poison every single night,” Ionescu said to ESPN. “And as long as we can continue to stay together and win, that’s why we’re all here, is to play unselfish basketball.”
The Liberty now await the winner of the last first-round series between the Connecticut Sun and Minnesota Lynx, who play a decisive game 3 on Wednesday (Sept. 20).
Full game highlights are below