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Basketball - 02. April 2011.

AUS – O’Hea to play for Sparks; Cambage to attend WNBA Draft



MELBOURNE (WNBA/WNBL) - Australia's Jenna O'Hea has become the latest Opal to sign for a WNBA team by penning a deal with the Los Angeles Sparks.

A member of her national team at last year's FIBA World Championship for Women, the sharpshooting O'Hea just finished her WNBL season with the Bulleen Boomers, who are coached by former Australia boss Tom Maher.

O'Hea and the Boomers defeated thrashed the Canberra Capitals in the WNBL Grand Final 103-78 earlier this month.

“It all happened pretty quickly – just after the WNBL season there was a bit of interest and then I was signed,” O’Hea said.

“I think there’ll be a lot of great opportunities over there in LA and the coaching staff have all been really good and they have a great playing roster, so I’m really looking forward to it.”

Sparks coach Jennifer Gillom was an assistant to USA coach Geno Auriemma last year at the FIBA World Championship in the Czech Republic and got a good look at O’Hea since the Americans played the Opals.

Liz Cambage, Bulleen’s Australia national team center who is the favorite to be named MVP of the WNBL, will fly to the United States on Tuesday for the WNBA Draft.

Cambage was arguably Australia's best player at last year's FIBA World Championship for Women in the Czech Republic where they finished fifth.

The 2.03m pivot is only 19 years old.

Australia’s Penny Taylor (Phoenix) and Lauren Jackson (Seattle) are the best known Australians who also play in the WNBA
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