A dominant performance from Liz Cambage against the Las Vegas Aces was the undoubted highlight of the week as the Opals star led Dallas to victory to bounce back from a loss to Phoenix earlier in the week.
It was a week of brief cameos for the remainder of the Australians involved in the WNBA this week, but Bec Allen may have done enough off the bench for New York against Minnesota to secure more playing time in the weeks to come.
It would be fair to say that Cambage didn’t have her best game of the season against Phoenix last Wednesday, being restricted to just 10 points and fouling out in just 23 minutes of playing time as the Mercury came home like a freight train in a 24-13 fourth quarter to steal a 75-72 victory.
Fellow Australians Steph Talbot and Leilani Mitchell played small roles for Phoenix, with Mitchell tallying a solitary made three and two assists, whilst Talbot finished with 2 rebounds and a block in her five minutes on court.
Cambage returned with a vengeance later in the week, taking her frustrations out on the Las Vegas Aces.
Not only did the Aussie tally 28 points on 13 of 20 shooting, Cambage also collected a career-high 18 rebounds and dished out three blocks to be the dominant figure in Dallas’ 77-67 victory that moved the Wings to a 5-4 record to this point.
Cayla George remains yet to see the court alongside Cambage, having signed for the Wings earlier this month.
Some BIG 2nd-half plays that lead the Wings all the way to victory! 🔥🔥 #RiseTogether pic.twitter.com/jHuVFIYvlM— Dallas Wings (@DallasWings) June 16, 2018
Phoenix, on the other hand, welcomed Connecticut to Arizona as the Sun slogged their way through three games in four days.
The fatigue definitely showed for Connecticut, with Phoenix taking full advantage, riding a 43-21 first half to an 89-72 victory.
Mitchell and Talbot again had small roles to play off the bench for the Mercury, with Mitchell finishing with 2 points but 4 turnovers in 14 minutes of playing time. Meanwhile, Talbot finished scoreless in just six minutes of action.
Travelling to Las Vegas for their third game of the last week, Phoenix chalked up their 8th consecutive win with a 92-80 victory over the Aces thath took the Mercury to 10-3.
Mitchell knocked down a couple of clutch threes for six points, and also picked up three steals in a solid 11-minute cameo off the bench. Talbot finished scoreless in 13 minutes of play, but was able to collect three rebounds and dish out a pair of assists for the in-form Mercury.
Leilani Mitchell knocks down consecutive treys late in 3Q!— WNBA (@WNBA) June 18, 2018
📺: @NBATV pic.twitter.com/rnpLxv66yY
Seattle picked up a pair of wins this week, but it was a tough week from an individual perspective for Sami Whitcomb.
After giving up a slender halftime lead to trail by 8 heading into the final term against Chicago, the Storm broke off a 31-12 fourth quarter to secure a 96-85 victory courtesy of a 13-2 run to finish the game.
However, Whitcomb was afforded just four minutes off the bench, dishing out two assists in that time.
The Storm then hosted Connecticut, and with the offence humming along in a fast-paced contest, Seattle passed three figures on their way to a 103-92 victory which moved the Storm to 8-3.
Unfortunately, Whitcomb’s time on court was again limited, with the former Perth Lynx star finishing 0-3 from the field in her five minutes on court.
New York suffered a pair of losses this week, but Bec Allen at least had a personal positive to end the week on.
Having finished with just two points and a pair of rebounds in the Liberty’s disappointing 78-63 loss to Las Vegas earlier in the week, Allen was able to contribute far more against Minnesota.
Whilst New York fell to an 85-71 loss after giving up an early double-digit lead, Allen tallied 9 points in just 12 minutes off the bench, shooting an efficient 3 of 4 from the field in the process.
With the loss to Minnesota, the Liberty now find themselves half a game out of the playoff spots, albeit just 9 games into the 34 game campaign.
This Wednesday morning sees a bumper slate of five games commencing at 9:00am with Atlanta facing New York and all six Aussies involved throughout the day.
All 12 teams then play on Saturday morning before Liz Cambage meets Sami Whitcomb as Seattle and Dallas face off as part of another five-game slate on Monday morning.