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Wings’ Liz Cambage Breaks WNBA Single-Game Scoring Record

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Dallas Wings’ center Liz Cambage has broken the WNBA’s single game scoring record as she poured in 53 points in a 104-87 victory over the New York Liberty on Tuesday.

Cambage surpassed Riquna Williams’ previous record of 51 points on a three-pointer with 45 seconds left in the game.

Cambage finished 17-of-22 from the field and hit a season-high 15 foul shots, including 4-for-5 from downtown.

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Las Vegas Aces Beat Connecticut Sun for First WNBA Championship

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The Las Vegas Aces captured their first WNBA Championship in franchise history with a Game 4 victory over the Connecticut Sun 78-71 to close out the WNBA Finals 3-1 and bring home the title to Las Vegas.

“We didn’t like that feeling we had last year,” Aces guard Chelsea Gray, who was named Finals MVP, said following the game, according to ESPN’s M.A. Vopel. “It was a tough moment, but it built character. It was setting something up for the following year.”

The Aces joined the WNBA back in 1997, when they were known as the Utah Starzz. The franchise then relocated to San Antonio back in 2003 where they would be swept in the 2008 WNBA Finals. The Aces made the WNBA Finals in 2020, when the season was played in a COVID-19 bubble in Bradenton, Florida but were swept in the finals by Seattle.

Becky Hammon, who played for the organization during their stay in San Antonio, is now the head coach of the Aces. Hammon, 45, is the first person in WNBA history to win a championship in her first season as a head coach.

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“And really, she’s just now entering her prime years,” Hammon said. “Think about the learning curve, even just this year. She learned some things entirely new, defensively and offensively. For her to excel like this, I’m excited about the upcoming years because of the foundation she’s put in. Her game is going to continue to expand. I really don’t know how good she can be, but she’s already here … I wouldn’t put a cap on her.”

Aces owner Mark Davis, who bought the Aces from MGM Resorts International in January 2021, spoke about the title and how it reminded him of the Raiders title win during the 1980s, as well as his decision to hire Hammon.

“She’s been absolutely unbelievable, and I guess this legitimizes the way we went after her,” Davis said. “I can’t wait to see what these rings are going to look like.”

“I’ve felt like Vegas set the standard in the league for how a franchise should be,” Wilson said. “When you have an owner like Mark who is so dialed in … the sky’s the limit for this franchise.”

The moment the clock ticked to zero to make the title win official will be seen by sports content creators and on social media for years to come.

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Wings’ Skylar Diggins-Smith Vows to Continue to Fight for Moms

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Dallas Wings’ Skylar Diggins-Smith has no plans to leave the organization and is instead vowing to continue her fight for moms, striving to improve conditions for working moms in the WNBA.

Diggins-Smith, 29, gave birth to her son earlier this year and did not play for the Wings this WNBA season, but was able to collect her full salary. It is worth noting because the WNBA and the players’ union are currently in negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement, negotiations that Diggins-Smith believes is a time to give the league’s mothers more priority.

“I usually don’t use Twitter as a journal about what I’m thinking; I try not to emotional-tweet,” Diggins-Smith said, according to ESPN’s Mechelle Voepel. “But I think that day I had just … I got it off my chest. I’m ready to put some action towards the conditions for working moms in the league and every industry.”

“Sometimes when you’re not being heard, you’ve got to shout,” she said. “I’ve never told the Wings that I didn’t want to play for them next year. I said the conditions of our organization need to be improved. I was very transparent. We haven’t had a conversation about free agency or about coring, because we don’t really know [with the CBA still being negotiated].

Diggins-Smith is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent but says that her recent remarks were not intended to give the impression she wanted to leave the team.

“I’ve been with the organization the longest. I’ve always felt like I’ve shown loyalty to Dallas, so when I’m asking for things, that stuff should be reciprocated. I’m going to continue to fight for this.”

For now, Diggins-Smith is working on a much greater cause.

“I’ve already reached out to a few moms. As we negotiate with the CBA, how can we improve things?” Diggins-Smith said. “It’s about prioritization; we can’t have everything. But I’m going to bring that portion to the table because I’m a mom.”

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Mystics’ Elena Delle Donne Receiving Treatment on Back

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Washington Mystics’ superstar Elena Delle Donne is doing her best to return to the court during the WNBA Finals, and is receiving extensive treatment on her back this week, Mystics head coach Mike Thibault said.

According to ESPN’s Mechelle Voepel, Thibault said that the 2019 WNBA MVP’s availability for Game 3 will be know during a status update on Saturday.

Game 3 will take place at Connecticut.

“She’s having treatment now. It’s obviously extensive, it’s with our doctors and physical therapists,” Thibault said Thursday. “I talk to her once or twice a day, and I’ve already seen her today. I’m updated fairly regularly.”

Delle Donne injured her knee during Game 2 of the 2018 WNBA Finals against the Seattle Storm, but returned for the last two games of the series, which Washington ended up losing.

Now, Delle Donne’s status for another WNBA Finals Game 3 is uncertain.

“She’s in good spirits,” Mystics’ Natasha Cloud said. “She’s going to be a leader regardless; that’s who she is.

“We have to prepare for Elena to not be in the game. It’s a bonus if she is. We’re extremely hopeful that she will be. But every person, one through 12, has a role on this team and has significance. So we’re extremely capable.”

Regardless, the Mystics know they have to improve their play on the court, with our without Delle Donne.

“We can do some things better; that’s both individual and team pride stuff,” Thibault said. “It’s staying focused on the most important things in order of priority. It’s a little different in preparing for a game like this when you know ahead of time that Elena’s hurt.

“That happened three to four minutes into the game, and it took us a little bit of time to recover from it. Responsibilities change, too. I think we’ll have a better mindset just going into the game of what we need to do.”

Connecticut coach Curt Miller discussed how difficult it is to prepare for Game 3 with Delle Donne’s status up in the air.

“You have to do your due diligence and prepare for both,” Miller said. “They have a system, a schematic way of playing. And they can plug Emma into a lot of the same things they plug Elena into. They can still play big with Hawkins, Emma and LaToya Sanders together. So you still have big lineups to prepare for.

“This longer stretch between [Games] 2 and 3 gives us the mindset that Delle Donne will be back and will play. We go in with the anticipation she will be back.”

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