TULSA (WNBA) - Liz Cambage has had a change of heart and decided to play for the Tulsa Shock this season.
The Australia center missed all of last season, which would have been her second in the WNBA, to prepare for the Olympics and then helped the Opals capture a bronze medal.
It was thought the 21-year-old, who injured her wrist while playing in the Chinese top flight after the London Games, would skip the 2013 year with the Shock but she has received the all-clear from doctors to compete.
"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 in a statement on the club's website.
"She has never played under coach (Gary) 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."
Cambage, a 2.03m center who averaged 13.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and almost two blocks per game at the Olympics, then averaged 36.2 points and 11.1 rebounds for Zhejiang in China.
She will team up with Tulsa rookie Skylar Diggins, the new point guard who just completed an outstanding collegiate career at Notre Dame.
"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."
Tulsa have had a couple of tough seasons but there is no question about the winning potential of the side.
"She'll be a great addition to what is shaping up to be a quality young team," Kloppenburg said of Cambage.