Leilani Mitchell posts career-high 3-point milestone, matches WNBA record
In the first game following the WNBA All-Star break, Leilani Mitchell put on a shooting display despite the Phoenix Mercury bowing to the Washington Mystics, tying the single-game WNBA record for three-pointers made.
Mitchell who was cut by the Mercury before the season began due to salary cap pressures but re-signed later, drained 8 three-pointers on her way to collecting a career-high 28 points in a narrow 6 point loss. The 34-year-old veteran was on song all game, pulling down 3 rebounds while also dishing out 8 assists in a sublime performance.
The Mercury will rue the missed opportunity to win a fourth game in a row, with Mitchell’s eighth triple of the night with 1:23 remaining in the game closing the margin to just 2 points, but it would be their last score of the evening as the Mystics closed out the game. Brittney scored 30 points with 9 rebounds and 5 assists, while DeWanna Bonner added 25 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists, but it was not enough to quell Elana Della Donne who led all scorers with 33 points and 6 rebounds. Fellow Australian Alanna Smith came off the bench for the Mercury to add 2 points (1-1 FG) in almost 4 minutes.
The star-studded Las Vegas Aces steamrolled Liz Cambage’s former team the Dallas Wings 86-54 in a lop-sided encounter. With the Aces gaining an early lead, they were able to spread the court time evenly as they cruised to a big win. Cambage only played 19 minutes for a season-low of 6 points on a horrid 1 of 12 shooting with 6 rebounds and 4 fouls. The Aces barely needed their star Australian who is currently ranked in the top 10 for scoring (15.3ppg/10th) and rebounding (8.4rpg/4th).