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Las Vegas Aces General Manager Dan Padover announced today that the team has re-signed three-time All-Star center Liz Cambage.
“We’re excited to have Liz back in an Aces uniform,” said Aces Head Coach Bill Laimbeer. “Two years ago [in Cambage’s first year in Las Vegas] we made great strides towards becoming a championship ballclub. Last season, we continued along that journey but came up short. With Liz coming back, along with our other returnees and additions made this offseason in free agency, we are all committed to take another run at a championship and can’t wait to get started.”
In her first season in the Sports & Entertainment Capital of the World, Cambage was named to her third All-Star Team, as well as to the All-WNBA Second Team after finishing the year ranked 10th in the league in scoring (15.9 ppg), seventh in rebounding (8.2 rpg), 11th in field goal percentage (.504), and sixth in blocked shots (1.59).
She was even more impressive in the Aces’ 2019 postseason run where she averaged 23.6 points, 11.4 rebounds and 1.80 blocked shots while connecting on 54.9 percent of her shots from the field in five games.
“I’m so happy to be back in Las Vegas,” said Cambage, shortly after landing Thursday at McCarran International Airport. “I’m here to win, just win baby!”
In 2020, Cambage received a medical exemption, and sat out the season which was played in a ‘bubble’ at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
During her four-year WNBA career, Cambage averages 16.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.56 blocked shots, while making 54.4 percent of her field goal attempts. She holds the WNBA record for points in a game with 53 against the New York Liberty on July 17, 2018.
The Aces originally acquired the 6-8 Olympian on May 16, 2019 in a trade that saw Las Vegas send two players and its 2020 first and second round draft picks to the Dallas Wings.
Cambage entered the WNBA at the age of 19 when the Tulsa Shock made her the second overall pick of the 2011 WNBA Draft. As a rookie, she averaged 11.5 points and 4.7 rebounds while playing 20.0 minutes per game, earning a spot on the Eastern Conference All-Star Team, as well as the WNBA All-Rookie Team.
The Australian native sat out the 2012 season to train with her national team and participate in that year’s Olympic Games. Cambage helped the Opals to the bronze medal, averaging 13.6 points and 5.6 rebounds while connecting on 59.5 percent of her field goal attempts.
She returned to the W in 2013, and averaged 16.3 points and 8.3 rebounds for the Shock, while making 56.1 percent of her shots from the field.
At the 2016 Olympic Games, Cambage averaged 23.5 points and 10.5 rebounds while hitting 58 percent of her shots.
In 2018, she again returned to the WNBA, helping the Wings (formerly the Tulsa Shock) to the playoffs. Despite a 22-point, 12-rebound, six-assist effort from Cambage, the Wings fell to the Phoenix Mercury. Her scoring average of 23.0 points per game in 2018 was the seventh highest in the history of the league.
Cambage has also played professionally in her native Australia, and in China. During the 2020-21 WNBA offseason, she led the Southside Flyers to the WNBL championship, while averaging a league-high 23.5 points per game.