The Washington Mystics defeated the Aces on Thursday at Sports and Entertainment Arena to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five playoff series. Game 3 is Sunday in Las Vegas.
The 5-foot-8-inch guard is averaging 14.2 points and 4.7 assists on 47.1 percent shooting, including 48 percent on 3-pointers, in her last six games coming off the bench.
A fiercely competitive coach on the court, Rick Pitino didn’t want to fight in one anymore.
Las Vegas guard Kelsey Plum was bumped on her potential game-tying 20-footer, but no foul was called and time expired.
The Aces chartered a plane to Washington, D.C., on Monday, under the direction of WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert, who also made the allowance for the Los Angeles Sparks.
Dearica Hamby made a 3-pointer from near halfcourt with five seconds left in regulation Sunday afternoon to lift the Aces to a 93-92 playoff victory over the Chicago Sky at the Thomas & Mack Center.
The fifth-year forward averaged career highs of 11 points and 7.6 rebounds in 34 games, 25 of them as a reserve, and shot 48.8 percent from the field.
The San Antonio Stars were 23-79 in the three seasons before relocating to Las Vegas in 2017. The franchise will host the Chicago Sky on Sunday in the WNBA playoffs.
The Aces purchased a two-page advertisement in the Review-Journal’s sports section, featuring a letter by Laimbeer urging the community to attend the team’s playoff game 2 p.m. Sunday against the Chicago Sky at Thomas Mack Center.