Dallas Wings' Liz Cambage Scores 53 Points On Just 22 Field Goal Attempts, Breaks WNBA Record
on Jul 22, 2018 10:17 PM EDT
Dallas Wings center Liz Cambage is now part of the Women's National Basketball Association record book.
Cambage was simply unstoppable on Tuesday as she finished with 53 points for the Wings. The veteran center led Dallas to a 104-87 victory over the New York Liberty.
New Scoring Record
With her performance, Cambage made history, setting the single-game scoring record in the league. According to CBS News, Cambage broke the record of Riquna Williams, who scored 51 points in September 2013.
What is more amazing is the fact that Cambage scored 53 points on just 22 field goal attempts. The 27-year-old center converted 17 of her shots, including a 4-for-5 clip from the three-point region. She also finished with 10 points, 5 blocks, and 2 assists for Dallas.
Cambage was glad she managed to silence her critics. The Australian superstar has had big scoring games in China and Australia, but she revealed that there were doubters about her ability to duplicate the feat in the WNBA.
"I've had big numbers in China, I've had big numbers in Australia, and I've heard a lot of people say I could never have big numbers here in the WNBA," Cambage said. "So I guess this game is for you all."
Maya Moore, who was the first overall pick in the 2011 WNBA Draft where Cambage ended up second, holds the third-highest points in a single game with 48 in 2014, ESPN reported. Diana Taurasi and Lauren Jackson had 47 points each in 2006 and 2007 respectively.
Liz Cambage Extends Dominant Run
Following her 53-point performance, Cambage remained hot for the Wings. During their 90-81 win over the Washington Mystics, Cambage racked up 35 points to help Dallas score their 14th win of the season. The 6-foot-8 center also grabbed 17 rebounds to go along with four assists.
Cambage followed it up with a 23-point performance against the Chicago Sky. She also finished with 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 blocks. However, her production was not enough as the Wings absorbed a 114-99 defeat against Chicago on Friday.
In 24 games for the Wings this WNBA season, the towering center averaged 22.0 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. She also posted 2.3 assists and 1.9 blocks per game.
Cambage is playing in her first season back in the WNBA missing the last four seasons. The Australian national team player went down with an Achilles injury in 2014 and decided not to play in the league from 2015 to 2017. She then agreed to play for the Wings, who retained her rights after the franchise moved from Tulsa to Dallas.