Scoring record: broken. Half-court buzzer-beater: present. Both Tuesday games in the WNBA featured stunning individual talent on the way to their teams’ victories. Here’s what happened.
Cambage scores record 53 points, Wings soar to victory
By all accounts, Tuesday’s game was a solid outing for the Liberty. The team scored 87 points on 46.9 percent shooting with four players in double figures — a good offensive outing.
But even the best team outing won’t do much against an opposing player on her way toward an all-time WNBA record.
Liz Cambage scored a record 53 points on 77.3 percent shooting, making it a double-double with 10 rebounds, and adding 5 blocks for good measure, on her way toward leading Dallas to a 104-87 victory over New York. She also went 4-of-5 from three and 15-of-16 from the free-throw line.
Cambage was helped by Allisha Gray and Glory Johnson, who each scored 13 points, and Kayla Thornton’s 10. The Wings shot 50.8 percent and bested the Liberty in rebounds, assists, steals and blocks.
Kia Nurse had an excellent outing for the Liberty as the game’s second-leading scorer, putting up 25 points in 26 minutes off the bench. Tina Charles scored 19 points to go with 6 rebounds, Bria Hartley contributed 14 and Shavonte Zellous added 10.
Dream beat Sun on nightmare half-court buzzer-beater
Connecticut maintained a lead through three quarters, but couldn’t put the game away in the final seconds. Tiffany Hayes picked up a huge steal with less than three seconds to go and sunk a shot from beyond half court, sending Atlanta home with an 86-83 victory.
Angel McCoughtry led all scorers with 24 points to go with 6 rebounds and 4 assists, Hayes had 18 points and 8 rebounds and Elizabeth Williams added 16 points. Jessica Breland grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
The bench led the way for the Sun, with Jonquel Jones scoring 19 points and Rachel Banham scoring 15. Alyssa Thomas had the game’s only double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Jasmine Thomas scored 11 points to go with 6 assists.
The Dream out-shot the Sun 46.2 to 43.6 percent, and also eclipsed the Sun in blocks with 6 to Connecticut’s 0. This game featured six lead changes and nine ties, with five of the lead changes and four of the ties taking place in the fourth quarter.