CloseMechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, ladies’s faculty basketball, and different faculty sports activities for espnW. Voepel started protecting ladies’s basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996.
LAS VEGAS — Aces heart Liz Cambage expects to make her 2019 WNBA season debut on Friday in opposition to the Mercury in Phoenix (ESPN2, 10 p.m. ET).
Cambage, a 6-foot-Eight Australian star who was traded from Dallas to Las Vegas on Might 16, didn’t play within the Aces’ 83-70 season-opening win Sunday over the Los Angeles Sparks as a result of she has been coping with a flare-up of Achilles tendinitis.
“I really feel like I might have performed at the moment, however we have got a plan, and I must observe it,” Cambage mentioned after Sunday’s victory. “I needed to be on the market so unhealthy, however the ladies did not even want me tonight. The plan has me taking part in on Friday, so I will be again on Friday.”
Cambage was the runner-up in MVP voting final season, throughout which she set the WNBA single-game-scoring document with 53 factors. She averaged a league-high 23.zero factors and 9.7 rebounds per sport.
Cambage’s final sport motion was within the FIBA Girls’s Basketball World Cup final September, after which she took a break to attempt to get totally wholesome.
On Friday, she’ll have an opportunity to go in opposition to one other premiere heart, Phoenix’s Brittney Griner. Cambage has been in Las Vegas for under every week however appears to already really feel at dwelling with coach Invoice Laimbeer’s Aces.
“I have been right here seven days, and I do not suppose the smile has left my face throughout that point,” Cambage mentioned.