Liz Cambage put up a historic stat-line today, with 53 POINTS (including 4 threes), 10 rebounds, and 5 blocks to become the record leader in most points in a single #WNBA game!— WNBA (@WNBA) July 17, 2018
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Cambage shot 17-22 from the field, made 4-5 three-pointers and tossed in 15 of her 16 free throws. She eclipsed the previous WNBA single-game scoring record of 51, held by Tulsa's Riquna Williams, with a three in the last minute of the game, polishing off a 104-87 win for the Wings over the New York Liberty.
Cambage's 53-point output ties Dirk Nowitzki's Mavericks single-game record, set Dec. 2, 2004, against the Rockets. Nowitzki took 12 more minutes to score his 53 in a game that went to overtime, however, and only shot 15-32.
Tuesday's explosion is the highlight of what's been a terrific comeback season for Cambage, who is the WNBA's second-leading scorer. She spent the last five years playing in Australia and China after flaming out of the WNBA in 2013.
"I've had big numbers in China. I've had big numbers in Australia. I've heard a lot of people say I could never have big numbers here in the WNBA," Cambage said after the game, according to the league. "So I guess this game was for y'all."
With their win over the Liberty, the Wings moved to 13-9 on the season, good for a fourth-place tie in the league standings.