Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Cambage was awarded a Scholarship within the 2011 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program and was paired with athlete Member and Scholarship & Mentoring Program Committee Chair Sue Stanley OAM as her Mentor.
Born on August 18, 1991, London, United Kingdom, to a Nigerian father and an Australian mother, Liz journeyed to Coffs Harbour, NSW as a three-month-old with her mother. Throughout early childhood, Liz was considered a relatively artistic child, preferring to draw and write over competing in sport and pursued basketball as a nine-year-old only as a means to make new friends in an unfamiliar environment. Standing at an impressive 195cm (6’5”) as a 16-year-old, Liz was introduced to the Australian Institute of Sport in 2007 where she began to engage in basketball at a more professional level where she turned heads with her remarkable skill and agility for someone with her build, height and age.
Liz measures in at 203cm (6’8”) and has played for several teams around the world during her decorated 14-year career; predominately throughout Australia, U.S.A and China. Liz made her WNBL debut with the Bulleen Boomers in 2009 in addition to being included in the Australian Women’s Basketball Squad for the 2010 FIBA World Championship. Following extremely successful personal campaigns, Liz was then drafted to the Tulsa Shock of the WNBA as the no. 2 overall pick in 2011 where her career would start to blossom, leading her to greater international opportunities.
To this day (July 2021) Liz holds the record for most points scored in a single WNBA game of 53 points (against New York Liberty 2018) and is regarded as the first female to ever ‘dunk’ at an Olympic Games (Preliminary game v Russia, 2012).
Elizabeth Cambage is widely considered one of Australia’s greatest female basketball players.
- 2007-2009: AIS (WNBL)
- 2009-2012: Bulleen Boomers (WNBL)
- 2011-2013: Tulsa Shock (WNBA)
- 2012-2013: Zhejiang Far East (China)
- 2013-2014: Beijing (China)
- 2014-2015: Dandenong Rangers (WNBL)
- 2015-2016: Shanghai Dahua (China)
- 2017-2018: Melbourne Boomers (WNBL)
- 2018-2019: Dallas Wings (WNBA)
- 2019-current: Las Vegas Aces (WNBA)
- 2020–current: Southside Flyers (WNBL)
Awards, Honours & Achievements
- 2009: FIBA U19 World Championship All-Star Five
- 2009: FIBA Oceania Championship – gold medal
- 2010: WNBL All-Star Five
- 2011: WNBL All-Star Five
- 2011: WNBL Champion
- 2011: WNBL MVP
- 2011: WNBA All-Rookie First Team
- 2011: WNBA All-Star
- 2012: Maher Medal (International Player of the Year)
- 2012: Olympic Games – bronze medal
- 2013: WCBA All-Star
- 2014: WCBA All-Star
- 2018: FIBA World Championship – silver medal
- 2018: FIBA World Championship All-Star Five
- 2018: WNBA Peak Performer
- 2018: WNBA Leading Scorer
- 2018: All-WNBA First Team
- 2018: WNBA All-star
- 2018: WNBA MVP – second place
- 2018: Commonwealth Games – gold medal
- 2019: All-WNBA Second Team
- 2019: WNBA All-Star