Topic: Liz Cambage
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August 18, 2013 at 7:30 AM
Can you be the WNBA’s Most Improved if you’ve really just returned to actually honor your contract? Tulsa All-Star Liz Cambage, a 6-foot-8 center, is making a case for what to do with her improved play as the WNBA’s final stretch begins.
The Australian scored 27 points on 8-for-12 shooting from the field as the last-placed Tulsa defeated the WNBA-leading Minnesota 83-77 on Friday. It’s the relocated-Shock’s first win against the 2011 WNBA champion Lynx in 15 games.
Remember when Cambage in 2012 flip-flopped on playing in Tulsa, ultimately missing the season after averaging 11.5 points and 4.7 rebounds in 33 games as a WNBA rookie? Well, as Storm C Lauren Jackson said in terms of her game, Cambage is finding the competitive benefits of playing in the toughest league in the world. She’s averaging 16.7 points and 7.7 rebounds for Tulsa (8-17), which sits 3.5 games back of Seattle (11-13) for the fourth and final spot in the Western Conference playoff race. It would be the Shock’s first postseason appearance since relocating from Detroit in 2009.
The No. 1 overall draft pick in 2011, Cambage’s game arrives at the right time. Down under on Sunday, her Opals national team co-captain, Jackson, scored the first seven points of an eventual 84-66 win against New Zealand in the FIBA Oceania Championship. Jackson, who underwent hamstring surgery in January, finished with a team-high 21 points to seal a 2-0 series win.
Former Storm G Belinda Snell finished with 17 points and four assists for the Opals.
August 29, 2012 at 6:39 PM
In the latest episode of “As the WNBA Turns,” Australian Olympian Liz Cambage has opted not to honor her contract to return to the Tulsa Shock. Citing fatigue to Aussie press, Cambage didn’t board her flight Monday.
”Monday morning came and I just couldn’t do it, I couldn’t go,” she said. ”It was last-minute and I’m sorry for that. To be honest, it was unfair on the team and the rest of the girls (the Shock)to come over when I wasn’t 100 per cent.”
The Shock (5-19) defeated Atlanta 84-80 on Tuesday. The Dream (12-13) are in the midst of their own set of problems. But in terms of Cambage, it’s almost understandable why she didn’t return.
Tulsa has 10 games remaining, departing for a two-game road trip Friday. The matchup at Minnesota is actually the back-end of a back-to-back playing at Los Angeles on Thursday — a game heavily billed as Cambage’s big return.
Technically, it is a lot of travel, as Cambage expressed to ESPN via phone on Wednesday. Australian Olympians were whipped around their country, the Opals winning bronze in the London Games. Cambage made history with women’s basketball’s first dunk and capped celebrations with her 21st birthday bash Aug. 18.
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