That’s the last year fans saw Elizabeth Cambage, a 6’8” center from Australia, play in the WNBA after announcing she would not return in 2014 for the then Tulsa Shock’s season (now the Dallas Wings). That season she averaged 16.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 25 minutes.
Earlier this year rumors were circulating Cambage might be making her return to the league after being seen in Dallas, the team that has rights to her for one more season to close out her rookie contract. Now she has officially broken her silence on her return in an interview with ESPN.
"I definitely do want to be back in the WNBA next year," Cambage stated.
A helping factor with Cambage wanting to return to the WNBA is also being able to be around Erin Phillips who use to play for Dallas and for their home country’s basketball team, the Opals.
"I wish she was still playing," Cambage stated on Phillips. "That would have been so fun playing a WNBA season with her, but she's got a coaching role now. She's one of my closest friends and having her around she's always been like a big sister to me on the Opals team."
Even though Cambage was not playing in the WNBA, she did play for the Opals in the 2016 Rio Olympic games, but an early exit from the tournament did not sit well with her.
"I thought Rio was the last time I would play basketball. I honestly thought 'I'm done, I don't want to do this anymore', but I didn't want Rio to be the thing I went out on."
Cambage continued, “I always wanted to give myself time off. I got caught up with it being such a business, and with a business comes negativity and it got a little bit Survivor [style]. Outwit, Outlast, Outplay. It can get like that some days, and I don't like being in that environment.
“I like being in environments where everyone's working together and working towards something and lifting people up, instead of being put against each other, so I just needed to step back and refresh."
Cambage concluded her interview with ESPN stating, "Tokyo is a big goal of mine. That's the main goal right now, and I've got a big season coming up with the [Melbourne] Boomers and the WNBA next year and the Commonwealth Games and world champs ... but I haven't really had any thought past Tokyo."