Trailing 0-2 in the WNBA semi finals against the Washington Mystics, the Aces rebounded to win game 3 back at home in Las Vegas behind a huge game from star centre Liz Cambage.
When a big performance was needed the most, Cambage delivered, and she did it on the big stage.
“If they can’t handle it, get in the weight room or get outta the post,” exclaimed Cambage during her walk off interview.
The Melburnian was a dominant presence on her way to a game-high 28 points on an incredible 12 of 15 shooting from the field to help avoid a series whitewash and elimination.
”Our focus is win our home games,” said Cambage, who also added 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.
”It would have been nice to win one in Washington, but we know coming back here we’d have our fans to lift us up, we’d have our homecourt – we just had to get the job done tonight. It’s a playoff series, that’s the beauty of it, you learn on the run and all of the mistakes we made in the first couple of games, we really focused on fixing them and getting the job done tonight.”
Cambage’s outing was just as impressive as it sounds. In shooting 12 of 15 from the field, she became just the fourth player in WNBA history to shoot better than 80% from the field when taking 12 or more shots.
With Cambage and A’ja Wilson (21 points and 8 rebounds) combining for 49 points, the Aces snapped the top-seeded Mystics 8-game winning streak and breathed some new life into the semi final series. Behind their dominant front court, the Aces monstered the Mystics 40-28 on the boards and outscored them 46-22 in the paint.
Cambage and Co. will need to replicate their performance in game 4 on Wednesday at home (Australian time) if they are to force a game 5 back in Washington.