Standing at 203cm, Liz Cambage rapidly soared into the Opals’ starting line up. Born in London to an Australian mother and a Nigerian father, Cambage made her senior debut for Australia off the bench in 2009. Cambage was so impressive that she was picked to start the next game. At the age of 18, Cambage was Australia’s leading point scorer at the 2010 World Championships where the Opals finished fifth. She also won the WNBL title in 2010-2011 and was named MVP. Cambage was selected as the second pick in the 2011 WNBA draft and impressed in her rookie season with the Tulsa Shock, being named in the WNBA All Star team.
Cambage was one of the first women selected for the Opals’ London 2012 campaign- and rightfully so. In Australia’s crucial preliminary match against Russia, Cambage landed a slam dunk which set the stadium alight. Cambage is regarded as the first ever woman to dunk at an Olympic Games, and the moment inspired the Aussies to a 70-66 victory.
After defeating China in the quarter-final (75-60), where Cambage top scored again (17 points), the Aussies faced the USA earlier than expected for a berth in the gold medal match. As they had done in three previous Olympic campaigns, the world number one USA beat the Australians (86-73) and went on to take gold over the French. Australia faced Russia for the bronze, winning 83-74 to continue the Opals’ strong Olympic record. Cambage averaged 13.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in London.