Liz Cambage Breaks WNBA Scoring Record

Entering Tuesday, Liz Cambage was known by few outside the WNBA superfan club. One scoring ouburst later, she's a basketball immortal

The Wing's Liz Cambage won't have to point out her stats to fans anymore, since they now are plastered on first place. Photo credit: Swish Appeal

By: Jeffrey Newholm

Many of life’s best moments are completely scripted. Each Mad Max car explosion, while appealing to the eyes, was carefully choreographed.  A student’s “A ha!” moment comes as a product of hours of preparation from the teacher. But it seems truly magical moments come unannounced. While a Yankees sweep in 1927 was predictable, Babe Ruth calling his shot was quick thinking. The Patriots didn’t plan on being down 28-3 in the Super Bowl, and couldn’t have anticipated winning in overtime. So, too, was Liz Cambage’s shattering of the WNBA scoring mark a basketball bolt. The Dallas Wings center rose over-afternoon from league newcomer and curiosity to thief of a league’s attention span.

The horrible Tulsa Shock drafted the Australian prospect in 2011, but she played most of her career in her home country. Cambage returned to the WNBA this season with the same franchise, now relocated in Dallas. She averages an impressive 21 points and nine rebounds while making all 22 starts, but better-known competition hogged headlines. Even now the Wings’ website lists her origin as “unknown/Australia”, indicating that only orange-bleeding hoops fans were familiar with the name. Tuesday the Wings , fighting for playoff seeding, welcomed the struggling New York Liberty to Dallas. After shooting an unthinkable 15 of 16 from the line, and 17 of 22 from the field, Cambage scratched Riquna Williams from the record plaque with 53 points:

With just 40 excellent minutes, Cambage proved how quickly monotony can turn to beauty. If a forgotten player most known for t’s and post bruises can change history, plainly any journeywoman can obtain greatness. A lame cliché about female greats is that “well behaved women seldom make history”. But Cambage and Phoenix’s Brittney Griner prove that short tempers can produce great accomplishments. It’s easy to anticipate a great playoff conclusion to the league’s most competitive and popular season. But the wheel steering the WNBA to the next harbor of success, as Cambage demonstrates, sometimes will be seized by an unlikely, but still worthy, captain.

Jeffrey Newholm
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Hey there! I’m Jeff Newholm and depending on your point of view I’m blessed or cursed that my two favorite sports are outside the limelight. Being a UW-Whitewater grad (winter 2013) my first love was d3 college football, but over the last few years I have picked up a huge interest in woman’s basketball (Uconn being my favorite team as their 90 game winning streak helped show me how good a team can get in the woman’s game). I like all the sports everyone else likes (NFL, NBA, MLB, NCAA basketball and football) but those two sports are where I really have a passion.
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