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May 17, 2013

Cambage reverses course, will play for Shock

TULSA — Reversing her decision from the start of training camp, Elizabeth Cambage now plans to play for the Tulsa Shock this season.

The No. 2 pick in the 2011 draft, Cambage had said last month that she wouldn’t play for Tulsa this season after also skipping last season to play for the Australian Olympic team.

The Shock announced Thursday that Cambage is expected to be in Tulsa in the middle of next week, just prior to the start of the regular season.

“I am really looking forward to returning to Tulsa and the WNBA this season,” Cambage said. ”I am most looking forward to working with coach Kloppenburg as I have heard many great things about his coaching ability and getting the best out of his players. I wasn’t sure that I would be able to return to Tulsa this season as I sustained a broken wrist while playing in China this past season. I have been given the all clear by my doctors and I am excited to return to Tulsa and the team for a great season.”

The 6-foot-8 Cambage said in a statement that she broke her wrist while playing in China and didn’t think she’d be able to play in the WNBA this season. Instead, she was cleared and decided to join the Shock.

“Our goal has always been for Liz to play in Tulsa and we are thrilled that she has decided to return,” Shock President Steve Swetoha said. “ She has never played under coach Kloppenburg and I know Gary is excited to get a chance to work with her. Gary and I continued to keep the lines of communications open with Liz, her agent and family to return to Tulsa.”

Said Shock coach Gary Kloppenburg: “We’re absolutely elated that Liz has decided to return to the Tulsa Shock this season and play in the WNBA. “She’ll be a great addition to what is shaping up to be a quality young team.”

Cambage, an All-Rookie selection her first season with Tulsa, averaged 11.5 points and 4.7 rebounds as a rookie in 2011 and was an injury replacement in the All-Star game. She joins a team that added No. 3 pick Skylar Diggins in this year’s draft.

In the 2012 offseason, Cambage played in China for Zhejiang where she averaged 36.2 points per game and 11.1 rebounds per game. Cambage earned her season-high 59 points, going 22 of 24 from the field and hitting 15 of 16 free throws, on January 1, 2013 in a 115-101 victory over Shenyang.

The Shock’s home opener will be on May 27th against the Washington Mystics at the BOK Center at 2 p.m.

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