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WNBA: Las Vegas Aces center Liz Cambage to return to Australian league

Liz Cambage celebrates a basket against the Connecticut Sun
Image: Liz Cambage celebrates a basket against the Connecticut Sun

WNBA All-Star center Liz Cambage is set to return to the Australian women's basketball league after signing with the Southside Flyers.

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Cambage is missing the WNBA season for the Las Vegas Aces after being medically excused by the league's independent panel of doctors, who deemed her to be at high risk for getting severe illness if she contracted coronavirus.

Basketball Australia announced Cambage's signing on Tuesday for the season which is scheduled to start in November.

Liza Cambage drives by Elena Delle Donne to score in the Aces' Game 3 win
Image: Cambage drives by Elena Delle Donne to score in the Aces' Game 3 win

"While the coronavirus interrupted my WNBA career, it has given me the opportunity to play in Australia," Cambage said in a statement. "I have always enjoyed playing in the WNBL, it is one of the best competitions in the world and I hope to see more supporters get behind the Flyers this season."

The 28-year-old Cambage hasn't played in the Australian league since the 2017-18 season.

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She began her career with the Dandenong Rangers, now known as the Southside Flyers. Australian Opals captain Jenna O'Hea and assistant coach Cheryl Chambers are part of the Flyers franchise.

"It will be great playing with a number of Opals team-mates. Jenna OHea is one of my favourites, she is like my captain on and off the court," Cambage said.

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Cambage averaged 15.9 points and 8.2 rebounds last season for the Aces, her first with the team. She has played four years in the WNBA after getting drafted second in 2011 by the Tulsa Shock. Cambage, who was traded from Dallas to Las Vegas before last season and re-signed with the Aces in April, was medically excused from the league in July.

Australia has closed its international borders since March and restrictions are in place for domestic and international travellers.

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