The dynamic duo of Liz Cambage and Skylar Diggins-Smith each delivered career performances in helping lead the Dallas Wings (8-8) to a 108-85 victory against the Chicago Sky (6-11) on Tuesday.
Cambage scored 21 of her career-high 37 points in the first half, including 14 in the opening quarter.
“[Cambage] had it going for us, she had a huge game,” said Diggins-Smith following the win. “She got anything she wanted inside and when she’s playing like that you’ve got to feed her.
Dallas outscored Chicago by 21 points in the second half, ultimately helping the Wings secure their fifth win in eight contests this season at the College Park Center in Arlington.
“It was a total team effort tonight.” said Diggins-Smith. “[The game] started out really slow in the first half for me but luckily Liz, like I said, she carried us. We had great production from Glory [Johnson], great production from the bench and when we play together like that, you know, 108 points.”
Cambage at anchor
Liz Cambage totaled a career-high in scoring while efficiently shooting 80 percent (16-of-20) from the field.
At 6-foot-5, Sky center Stefanie Dolson struggled to keep the Wings’ 6-foot-8 center from establishing herself in the paint.
Cambage also grabbed 10 rebounds, recording her seventh double-double of the season.
Third quarter takeover
Wings guard Skylar Diggins-Smith was responsible for 18 points during the third quarter rally, a career-best for points in a single quarter.
Diggins-Smith scored or assisted on 8 of the 14 baskets from Dallas during the quarter.
Since the top eight teams with the best winning percentages make the playoffs, regardless of conference, this was a vital win for Dallas facing another home matchup against Indiana on Thursday. The Fever had previously struggled until defeating the Lynx in Minnesota.
The Wings have an opportunity to demonstrate something they’ve struggled to maintain throughout the season which is consistency. Dallas has back-to-back wins just once this season, which included an 89-83 victory from Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
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