53 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks, two assists, and no turnovers — that was Liz Cambage’s stat line as her Dallas Wings beat the New York Liberty 104-87 the other night.
In a season that has seen the Australian center become one of the dominant players in the WNBA, Cambage with her 53 points also broke the records for single-game scoring, capping a sensational night of gameplay and most likely cementing her place in WNBA All-Star lineup that is going to be announced soon.
“She was on one tonight,” the New York Liberty coach Katie Smith said to the New York Times. “She was hitting them from all over.”
And Liz Cambage was. The WNBA center shot 17-22 from the field, hit all her threes but one, and shot 15-16 from the free throw line. Weeks before, Cambage put up 37 points on the Chicago Sky. She's having a strong year after spending a few seasons overseas — where she also put up significant numbers. Coming into the Liberty game, Cambage was averaging 19.9 points and 9 rebounds. Her 53 point outing boosts her scoring average to a little over 21 points per game.
Fans and basketball junkies were elated about her recording-breaking game that eclipsed Riquna Williams’ previous 51 point single-game record in 2013. She's clearly on fire, and has been for some time. A talent like this is instrumental in putting the WNBA on the map, and bringing more eyes to the league.
Cambage wasn’t aware of the record during the game, but after hitting the three ball to own scoring record, she recognized the significance — according to one source she said, “I was just feeling it, I guess. It’s pretty big. I’ve had big numbers in China, I’ve had big numbers in Australia. I’ve heard a lot of people say that I couldn’t have big numbers in the WNBA. I guess this game was for y’all.”