Liz Cambage was once again the star among the Aussies this week, putting together two solid outings as her Dallas Wings side went 1-1 for the week.
The Wings faced the defending champion Minnesota Lynx in their opening match of the week, and Cambage was able to put up 14 points and 12 rebounds, whilst also dishing out four assists and swatting away three shots.
But with Sylvia Fowles delivering a record-breaking performance to finish with the league’s first ever 20 points, 20 rebound, 5 steal game, Cambage’s effort was ultimately for nought as Minnesota secured a 76-68 win.
Dallas faced Atlanta later in the week, and despite the early foul trouble that saw Cambage whistled twice inside the opening couple of minutes, the Opals star delivered another double-double.
Her 12 point, 14 rebound performance was capped off with another four blocks as she dominated the undersized Atlanta side to help the Wings secure their second win of the season, running out 78-70 victors.
Seattle and Phoenix faced off for the second time in as many weeks, with Seattle getting revenge for last week’s loss with an 87-71 victory that saw the Storm dominate the latter stages of both halves to secure victory.
Storm guard Sami Whitcomb was the highest-scoring of the three Australians, knocking down two threes to finish with six points in nine minutes of action.
Phoenix point guard Leilani Mitchell finished with 2 points in 13 minutes, whilst teammate Steph Talbot had the same scoring return from her 8 minutes of play.
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Phoenix then faced another rival in the form of the Los Angeles Sparks, and a final quarter capitulation in which the Mercury scored just seven points saw them fall to an 80-72 defeat.
Mitchell was again afforded 13 minutes off the bench, and dished out 3 assists but could not manage a basket, going 0-4 from beyond the arc.
Talbot was one of three Phoenix players to not see any playing time in this game as three of Phoenix’s starters played in excess of 33 minutes.
Following their own game against Phoenix, Seattle hosted Chicago, and a final-quarter rally saw the Storm force overtime before holding the Sky to just four points in the extra five minutes to escape with a 95-91 victory.
Whitcomb again came off the bench, but was scoreless in seven minutes of action. The Storm then served as visitors for the first home game in Las Vegas Aces history, with the team having moved from San Antonio in the off-season.
In a fast-paced, high-scoring game, the Storm started strongly and were just able to hold off the Aces down the stretch, picking up the 105-98 victory despite losing the second half 63-52.
Whitcomb again came off the bench for the Storm, knocking down one of her two three-point attempts to finish with 3 points in 8 minutes of action.
New York played just the one game this past week, hosting Minnesota in their new venue in Westchester. Despite leading by four heading into the final term, the Liberty struggled in the fourth quarter, falling 78-72 despite leading 70-66 with just 99 seconds to play.
Australian wing Rebecca Allen came off the bench to play 17 minutes, scoring 9 points on 3 of 7 shooting in the process.
The upcoming week sees Cambage and Allen face off as New York host Dallas later this morning, before Allen then welcomes Talbot and Mitchell to the Big Apple as Phoenix travel cross-country to take on the Liberty early Wednesday morning.