"It got to the point where I said mid-November and I couldn’t be back for that. The Rangers (6-6 win-loss) and the Spirit (6-8) are among those teams. Mum and Dad also gave me some great insight into taking care of your body as they’ve had their own injuries as well.”. After 13 months out, Dandenong Rangers star Sara Blicavs isn't setting her expectations too high as she prepares for her comeback to the WNBL. "But I stayed super optimistic through the whole thing and having that mindset meant I could manage throughout the whole year and my down times are probably not even that bad compared to others going through injury. Long time coming: Sara Blicavs returns to the WNBL on Sunday.Credit:Darrian Traynor. “India was very different but a beautiful place. My knee hasn't been rushed back, it has responded really well, it has just been a rush to get me back out on the basketball court. “I’m feeling physically quite good, consistently playing and training again every day has been really good,” explained Blicavs. Blicavs and the Flyers will next take on the Perth Lynx at Dandenong Basketball Stadium this Thursday night, with the live stream available via the WNBL website. FIBA organises the most famous and prestigious international basketball competitions including the FIBA Basketball World Cup, the FIBA World Championship for Women and the FIBA 3x3 World Tour. "I have no expectations on myself at all and that's why I'm not nervous at the moment," Blicavs said. I’m calling it early; with the squad we have we’ll be in the conversation for a championship, so get on board!”. "My family, friends and our supporters – all those people were incredibly supportive and I’m so thankful.". The former WNBL star has hit the ground running at the helm, and Blicavs has found Chambers’ approach refreshing leading up to their opening game. While Blicavs has put in countless hours of training and recovery work, she has only completed a few sessions with her team so won't be expected to play major minutes, especially with the Rangers on a two-game winning streak following their impressive 106-73 win over Sydney University Flames on Friday night. 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Cheryl has been a coach for a long time and she’s very inspiring in her approach. "I'm not out there to dominate, to try and score or do that stuff. After stints on the Australian Under-17 and Under-19 teams, the Aussie made her senior level debut with the Opals during the 2015 FIBA Oceania Championship, where the team went on to win the gold medal. "I will be super nervous when Larissa calls my name, that will be when I'm like "it's actually happening"," Blicavs said. Change ). With a reloaded roster heading into the 2020 WNBA season, the Mercury have extended training camp invites to French guard Olivia Epoupa and Aussie forward Sara Blicavs, two players with extensive overseas professional and national team experience. In the team’s three Olympic qualifying games in February, Epoupa averaged 6.0 points, 3.7 assists and 3.3 rebounds in 22.6 minutes of action each game. As part of the national team, she’s been a member of three silver medalist French squads at the 2015, 2017 and 2019 Women’s EuroBasket tournaments. He’s my whole world and I see so much of Kris in that boy. Epoupa has seen stints in several other countries during her professional career, most notably in Tukey with Galatasary during the 2017-18 WNBA offseason. Join superstars Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner, Skylar Diggins-Smith and the X-Factor at one of basketball’s loudest venues. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. She was part of her first WNBL championship team during the 2013-14 season with Bendigo, averaging 9.0 points and 3.7 rebounds in 26 games on the year. Each week Sara will catch up with another Southside Flyers star to find out what they have been doing during isolation and how they’re preparing for another huge WNBL season. “Sometimes I can get sucked into the intensity of a game and play a bit erratically. Get the latest news, stats and more about Sara Blicavs on eurobasket.com “Every team takes their culture very seriously, but the actual environment is very easy going and relaxed. Copyright 2020 NBA Media Ventures, LLC | Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. All rights reserved. On Friday October 4, her brother Kris and his wife Stephanie (nee Cumming) welcomed Arlo into the world, and Sara has fallen in love with the latest addition to the Blicavs household. There was definitely some culture shock, but it’s a great place and a real eye opener – makes you appreciate home.”, And that’s a wrap, see ya India. Epoupa and Blicavs will join the Mercury in the team’s training camp when it officially begins to vie for their first WNBA roster spots. While Australia’s hope of gold weren’t meant to be at the Asia Cup, Blicavs is thrilled to be back in with the best of Australian basketballers. Blicavs and Jenna O’Hea spent time playing with the Opals, Lelani Mitchell and Mercedes Russell finished off their WNBA campaigns, and Bec Cole flaunted her talents at the Aurora Games and the 3×3 Women’s Series in Tokyo. It’s undoubtedly a special time for a unique player, who still has plenty of success to achieve in her already colourful career. "I just want to come out there, defend hard, rebound well and run the floor for as long as I can. Worlds was on one of them, then it was pre-season, then start of WNBL. During the offseason, the former Dandenong Rangers underwent wholesale changes to form the newly minted Southside Flyers for the WNBL 2019/20 season. Epoupa is coming off a strong showing during the 2019-20 WNBL season in Australia, where she helped lead the UC Capitals to a league championship. Dandenong Rangers host Bendigo Spirit at Dandenong Stadium on Sunday at 3pm. ( Log Out / Blicavs’ year has continually been on the upward trend, but she will no doubt be buoyed by the culmination of a bronze medal at the FIBA Asia Cup, a first win with the Flyers and the birth of nephew Arlo in the space of just under a month. After 13 months out, Dandenong Rangers star Sara Blicavs isn't setting her expectations too high as she prepares for her WNBL comeback.