Liz Cambage is set to head into her maiden WNBA play-offs campaign as the league's leading scorer after another dominant performance secured her battling Dallas Wings the last playoffs spot.
Hailed by star teammate Skylar Diggins-Smith as the best player on the world, Australian centre Cambage scored 43 points and pulled down 13 rebounds in a drought-breaking win over the Las Vegas Aces.
The 203cm-tall Cambage tops the league in scoring with an average 23.4 points per game, and is second in rebounds, with 9.8 per outing.
The 107-102 victory ensured Dallas snapped a nine-game losing streak and will finish eighth, putting them into a first-round elimination game at the No.5 seeded team when the playoffs commence on Wednesday.
The long losing streak resulted in the sacking of coach Fred Williams and the win over the Aces, who were also fighting for the playoffs spot, was the first under interim coach Taj McWilliams-Franklin, improved the Wings' win-loss record to 15-18.
"We just had to win, we had a really rough month on and off the court," an emotional Cambage told broadcaster Fox Sports in an on-court interview.
"We had to win tonight and we got it done.
"We finally got a win, we haven't won a game since July 19.
"We got it off our back now, we can get on a roll and can feel good going into the playoffs."
While the Wings have struggled in recent weeks, Cambage gives them a potent 1-2 scoring punch with Diggins-Smith, who is ninth in the league with an 18.3 average.
"I play with the best player in the world, night in and night out," Diggins-Smith said of Cambage.
"We live to fight another day."
Dallas play the No.1 seeded Seattle Storm in their final regular season game before the playoffs.
Australian Associated Press