By Bre Moorer
The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) will have its 19th annual All-Star Game at the Target Center in Minnesota, where the home team Lynx won the championship against the Los Angeles Sparks last season. The game is on Saturday, July 28 at 3:30 pm ET as Team Parker takes on Team Delle Donne. Maya Moore earned the Verizon WNBA All-Star MVP trophy last year, but this year all eyes will be on the woman from Down Under – Liz Cambage.
Elizabeth “Liz” Cambage has been a professional since 2008, as she took part in the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL). The 6ft 8 in center was drafted 2nd overall by the Tulsa Shock, now the Dallas Wings, in 2011. She even represented Australia in the Olympic Games in 2012. Although the 26-year-old has had an eventful and successful career, something happened on Tuesday, July 17 that fans of basketball will remember for a long time.
In a 104-87 home win against the New York Liberty, Cambage scored a record-setting 53 points for all of Twitter and women’s basketball fans around the world to watch. In addition to her whopping 53 points, Liz had 10 rebounds and 5 blocks. Before Cambage, the WNBA record for most points in a game was 51. That record was held by Riquna Williams, who also played for the Tulsa Shock, but is now a member of the Los Angeles Sparks. As the Wings pulled away from the Liberty in the 4th quarter, every sports site had their article ready to publish about Cambage’s special performance.
Just to name a few, Bleacher Report, CBS, Ballislife, SB Nation, The New York Times, ESPNW, and Sports Illustrated expressed their amazement in Cambage with tweets and articles. NBA player Kevin Durant left a comment on Instagram that suggested we all are witnessing Liz’s “era of dominance.” During her post-game interview, Cambage addressed those who doubted her ability to play in the American league. She mentioned her “big numbers” in other leagues and ended the interview with, “I guess this game is for y’all.” The attention that Liz is getting comes at a time when WNBA players and fans are asking for more attention and support for the league. If making history does not do it, then what will?