With 9.7 seconds remainig, Sabrina Ionescu took the responsibility and made a three-point play to lift the New York Liberty to an 83-80 win over the Chicago Sky. The Liberty snapped a five-game losing streak with Saturday’s victory.
Trailing 80-78 with 19 seconds left, Ionescu took the ball and drove the lane, where she was fouled by Rebekah Gardner. Ionescu, who finished with 17 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, converted the free throw to give the Liberty (10-17) the lead.
Chicago (21-7) got the ball but Candace Parker missed a shot with just over 2 seconds left. After Michaela Onyenwere hit two free throws, the Sky had one last chance, but Emma Meesseman’s 3-pointer bounced off the rim at the buzzer.
That loss snapped Sky’s six-game winning streak. The game also featured a match-up between Chinese players Han Xu of New York and Li Yueru of Chicago. Parker was the leading scorer for Chicago with 21 points and Kahleah Copper added 17 points.
Kelsey Plum hit four 3-pointers and finished with 29 points to help the Las Vegas Aces beat the Los Angeles Sparks 84-66 Saturday night. Aces’ fellow superstar A’ja Wilson finished with 28 to help Las Vegas clinch a playoff spot.
Las Vegas (20-8) has won five of its last six games and is one game back of league-leading Chicago, the defending WNBA champions are the only other team to have clinched a 2022 postseason berth.
Jackie Young added 11 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Aces and Chelsea Gray scored 10 points. Chennedy Carter led the Sparks (12-15) with 15 points. Canada and Liz Cambage scored 11 points apiece for the losing side.