We saw history in the WNBA last week when Dallas Wings center Liz Cambage scored 53 points and followed it up with 35 points. The first was a WNBA single-game scoring record, and the combination was the highest two-game total in league history. Cambage was named a WNBA All-Star and will play for Candace Parker’s team. Here’s a look at two interesting matchups on Tuesday for all WNBA Betting enthusiasts. Don’t forget the WNBA odds might change, so be sure to check back MyBookie Sportsbook for the latest and better lines!
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The Mystics improved to 14-10 with a 95-78 win at New York on Saturday. All-Star captain Elena Delle Donne scored 15 of her 30 points in the opening period to lead Washington. She hit all six of her shots in the opening period, including three 3-pointers. The Mystics won for only the second time in their past six games and sit in a three-way tie for fourth in the league.
Washington led by eight at the half, and Delle Donne and Kristi Toliver combined for 20 points of the team’s 32 points in the third quarter to extend the advantage to 75-53. Toliver finished with 19 points and eight assists. Delle Donne is on track to lead Washington to their second 20-win season in franchise history and her second MVP award.
Delle Donne has scored in double digits in all but two games in 2018. Recently, Delle Donne reached 3,000 career point faster than any other player in WNBA history (148 games). In her first five WNBA seasons, Delle Donne was a prolific scorer but didn’t provide much support as a playmaker. Her assists are up this season, however. Delle Donne who has thus far earned three Player of the Week honors was named the league’s Player of the Month for June.
Toliver was also named an All-Star. She has started every game this season for the Mystics and is averaging 14.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. Toliver is playing a career-high 32.9 minutes per game and shooting a career-best 91.7% from the free-throw line. On June 13 against the Sun, Delle Donne (22) and Toliver (20) combined for 42 points in the first half, the most combined points by a pair of teammates in the first half in the league history.
The Sun (13-12) beat Dallas 92-75 on Sunday. Shekinna Stricklen scored a season-high 24 points and tied a WNBA record with eight 3-pointers to lead Connecticut. Stricklen finished 8 of 11 from 3-point range and matched the mark set by Diana Taurasi, who has made eight 3-pointers three times, and Riquna Williams, who has done it once. Courtney Williams and Jonquel Jones added 15 points each for the Sun.
Connecticut leads the WNBA in rebounding average (37.08), ranks third in scoring average (85.1) and fifth in shooting percentage (.448). Chiney Ogwumike ranks second in the league in shooting percentage (.609) and sixth in rebounding (7.7 rpg).
New York at Minnesota
When: Tuesday, 8 PM
The Liberty lost their third straight game Saturday, 95-78 to Washington. The Liberty were down by as many as 22. New York (7-17) tried to get back in the game behind rookie Kia Nurse, who had eight straight points during one stretch to get the Liberty within 11. But that’s as close as they could come. Tina Charles scored 22 points, including her 3,000th in New York. Sugar Rodgers added 16 for the Liberty.
New York is all but assured of missing the playoffs this season after making the postseason the past three years.
“It’s going to be rough to try to get in,” Coach Katie Smith said. “But I think for us, it’s going out every night and being proud of what we did that night and proud of how we played, proud of our effort. It’s tough to win in this league anyways.”
The Liberty’s Charles was named an All-Star. Charles has been voted to each All-Star Game played during her career and was also dubbed a starter in 2011, 2015 and 2017. New York’s all-time leading rebounder pours in 20.1 points per game, hauls 7.1 boards per outing, raises for 0.6 rejections a contest and is knocking down 45.5 percent of her looks, 32 percent of them from distance this season. She has five double-doubles on the year.
The Lynx (14-10) won their second in a row on Saturday, 80-75 over the Mercury. Maya Moore scored 38 points and Danielle Robinson added 16. Minnesota used a 14-2 run, with Moore scoring all, in the last 3 1/2 minutes of the first quarter for a 24-17 lead. Phoenix drew within 40-38 at halftime and took its last lead on Yvonne Turner’s 3-pointer to make it 42-41 after the break. But the Lynx quickly took control and outscored Phoenix 28-12 for a 15-point lead to end the third.
Lindsay Whalen, who bumped heads Wednesday with an Indiana player, started the game but played only 3:19 of the first quarter before being replaced by Robinson. Whalen played only five more minutes the rest of the game and was scoreless.
Moore, named the WNBA’s top player during the ESPYs on Wednesday, had 18 points in the first quarter alone — one shy of her own team record — and 24 by halftime. The forward had averaged only 11 points in her past seven games.
The victory also clinched the season series for the Lynx, who won two of three games with the Mercury. That gives the Lynx the tiebreaker with Phoenix for seeding in the WNBA playoffs.