Liberty Season Ends in Game 4 Loss at WNBA Finals
The New York Liberty fell short of their goal of forcing a Game 5 of the WNBA Finals in Las Vegas. Instead, the Aces inked out a 70-69 victory to capture their second consecutive WNBA Finals championship in Game 4 at the Barclays Center on Wednesday night. They are the first team since the L.A. Sparks won back-to-back titles in 2001 and 2002.
The Liberty led Game 4 by as many as 12 points with 7:30 to go in the third quarter, but watched as Vegas stormed back to take the lead by the end of the quarter and coast the rest of the way.
Leading the way for Las Vegas, A’ja Wilson was named WNBA Finals MVP for her superlative efforts. In Game 4 alone, she finished with 24 points and 16 boards; it was her third straight double-double of the series.
Meanwhile for New York, Courtney Vandersloot led the way with 19 points and seven boards in the Game 4 defeat.
The turning point of the game came at the 6:15 mark of the third quarter when Cayla George hit a 24-foot three pointer for Vegas that cut the Liberty lead down to eight points, 46-38.
New York’s offense went cold, missing on seven consecutive shots, including a free throw. By the time Brenna Stewart hit a bucket to increase the Liberty back up to 49-42, A’ja Wilson was on fire connecting on two consecutive buckets to bring the Aces to within five points.
Finally Alysha Clark’s bucket and subsequent free throws turned the tables, and swung Vegas in front 53-51 with 19 seconds to go in the third quarter.
Las Vegas would never trail again.
The loss spoils what was a spectacular season for the Liberty who won a franchise best 32 games.