In a rare scene after the Wings' 87-64 win over the New York Liberty on Thursday, Aug. 1, media members flocked to Megan Gustafson's locker.

For the second straight game, she recorded 11 points and eight rebounds, this time in a career-high 27 minutes.

Just over a month and a half ago, Gustafson wasn't even on a WNBA roster.

"Her work ethic is just off the charts," coach Brian Agler said. "She's worked herself into better shape, she's lost weight, she's expanded her game and she's done really well."

Dallas had high hopes after taking Gustafson in the second round of this year's draft. But before the start of the regular season, Gustafson was a casualty of the Wings' final roster cut before the season as the Wings were stacked on post players.

The decision to cut college basketball's AP Player of the Year from last season upset many Iowa basketball fans. She led the nation averaging 27.9 points on 70% shooting and 13.5 rebounds per game.

Still, no other WNBA team picked her up for nearly a month before the Wings came calling again.

Dallas signed Gustafson back in June to fill the void left by veteran forward Glory Johnson departing to play with Montenegro in Eurobasket.

Still, Gustafson had a hard time earning minutes on the court. Her 43 combined minutes over the last two games are more than she's played combined in the seven games prior.

"We wanted to give her more minutes and see what she would do for us," Agler said. "At this point, she's looking to take advantage of those opportunities. We'll see how it plays out."

While Gustafson played well on Thursday, she knows she has to maintain that level of play to keep her roster spot.

Injuries have allowed the Wings to keep her on the roster after Johnson returned. But when players like Skylar Diggins-Smith, Moriah Jefferson and Tayler Hill return, whether that's this season or next, they Wings will have to make a decision.

Still, Gustafson has maintained her focus is giving Dallas all she has, not seeking personal gain.

"I got a little bit of confidence from that last game against Vegas," Gustafson said. "At the end of the day I don't play for myself, I never have. I play for Dallas."