Sport Basketball Aussie Liz Cambage smashes basketball record in stunning performance

Aussie Liz Cambage smashes basketball record in stunning performance

Liz Cambage has had a stellar year in the WNBA. Photo: AAP
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Australian basketballer Liz Cambage has broken a WNBA record, shooting a stunning 53 points for the Dallas Wings.

Cambage, who added 10 rebounds and five blocks, with a remarkable 75 per cent shooting accuracy, helped the Wings to a 104-87 win over New York Liberty.

The previous WNBA record for most points in a match was 51, set by Riqua Williams in 2013.

Cambage broke the mark in style, moments after a three-point play took her to 50, producing a three-pointer to set a new benchmark.

“It’s pretty big,” she said afterwards.

“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 so I guess this game was for y’all.”

The last NBA player to achieve the feat of 50 points, 10 rebounds and 75 per cent shooting accuracy was the legendary Michael Jordan against the Pistons in 1996.

Cambage said she was not sure why she had performed so well.

“I don’t know. I was just feeling it, I guess,” she said.

“I think I had three threes tonight. We just had to have a win and it was good to get a win today.”

The win was far from straightforward, with New York edging in front during a tense third quarter.

But on the back of Cambage’s heroics, Dallas started the last quarter on a 12-3 run that helped set up a 17-point victory.

“We didn’t come out in the third quarter, we didn’t come out as a team,” she said.

“We weren’t playing our team game and we had to switch back and get that back right away.

“We just had to get a win … it’s just good to get the win today.”

Cambage signed off a television interview with a cry of ‘love you Mum!’.

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