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Kelsey Plum’s historic night lifts Aces over Liberty

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Kelsey Plum went on a scoring tear in the Aces’ 100-78 win over the Liberty on Tuesday night. Plum recorded a career-high 32 points in the game, energizing the Aces on offense after they trailed by as much as 11 in the second quarter.

The Las Vegas guard shot a staggering 68.8 percent from the field and was 3-for-6 from beyond the arc. Plum’s career-defining performance comes only one year after the 26-year-old was sidelined with an Achilles injury.

After Tuesday night’s victory, Plum talked about her need to refocus after returning from 3×3 Olympic qualifying and having a tough first outing against New York on June 3.

“I come off the bench,” she said, “and my job is to bring energy, to bring toughness and to play with pace, so I try to focus on those things.”

Dearica Hamby added 16 points off the bench for Las Vegas and Liz Cambage recorded her fourth double-double of the season, contributing 14 points and 11 rebounds. The Aces contained Liberty star Betnijah Laney to 15 points, quieting New York’s offense to secure their fourth consecutive and ninth overall win.

The teams meet again on Thursday in Las Vegas.