Wings Dynamic Duo Set For All-Star Appearance
By Dorothy J Gentry
Liz Cambage and Skylar Diggins-Smith have set the WNBA on fire and formed one of the league’s most exciting and efficient duos. Their 40.2 points per game make them the second-highest scoring pair in the league.
What makes them such a double threat will be on display this weekend as the teammates head to Minneapolis to play together in the Verizon WNBA All-Star Game.
Named to her fourth All-Star Game, Diggins-Smith has been selected every year except for her rookie season. She ties Cheryl Ford and Deanna Nolan with four appearances in franchise history. Her first All-Star selection came in 2014, which followed her rookie year. She is currently averaging 18.1 points per game (11th in the league) and is third in assists with 6.3 per game.
On June 8 at Indiana she recorded a career best of 35 points and 12 rebounds. It was her second 30-plus point game of the season. Against the Liberty on July 8, Diggins-Smith became the franchise leader for the most 20-plus and 30-plus point games in a career with 54 (20-plus points) and eight (30-plus points).
Cambage earns her second All-Star selection after being recognized in 2013. Cambage is currently holding one of the best performances in her career leading the Wings in scoring and rebounding. She is second in the league in points scored with 22.1 per game and second in rebounds with 9.4 per game.
Cambage has reached career heights for total points in a game three times this season, with her most recent performance of 53 points against the Liberty. In that Wings win, Cambage became the new leader for most points scored in a single game and franchise, behind Riquna Williams’ 51 points, which occurred in 2013. She has also registered nine double-doubles for the season with her best occurring with the 53 points, 10 rebounds and a 77.2 field goal percentage, which surpasses Michael Jordan’s NBA regular season performance of 50 points, 10 rebounds and a 75 percent field goal percentage.
A day later she broke another record, scoring 35 points to become the first player in WNBA history to record 35 points in consecutive games.
This year’s All-Star team captains are the Washington Mystics’ Delle Donne and Los Angeles Sparks’ Candace Parker. Each captain selected teams from the pool of remaining All-Stars to form two 11-player rosters. Both Diggins-Smith and Cambage will play on Team Parker.