Cambage comes of age

Cambage comes of age

Highly-rated young Opal Liz Cambage has been slowly adjusting to life at the world championship in the Czech Republic, her first major tournament at this level.

But the 19-year-old is preparing for a major challenge when the second round commences, starting with Greece on Monday (0200 Tuesday AEST).

Cambage has been on an incredible learning curve since being with the Australian team this year and is still adapting to referees and the different styles of play from around the world.

The 204cm centre, who has started every match in the Czech Republic, has also had to learn how to co-exist in a team boasting one of the world's best players in Lauren Jackson.

Despite some inconsistencies and foul trouble, Cambage has had her moments in the opening three games, capped by a 13-point effort in the final first-round match against China.

And she expects more intense examinations as the tournament progresses.

"We've done so much travelling, but I think it's all going to hit me in the next round because we've got Greece, France and America," Cambage told AAP.

"It's going to be pretty full-on. The level will go up a lot and I think I've struggled a little bit to find my groove.

"It's just getting used to playing with Lauren because she's all over the court all the time and always moving and I've got to try to move because we play pretty much the same position.

"Every time I go for a rebound it's like she's there, but it's awesome finally all of us being together."

The Opals had a disrupted lead-in to the game, with Jackson and Abby Bishop arriving late from the WNBA and Penny Taylor, Belinda Snell, Kristi Harrower and Marianna Tolo all carrying injuries.

But they have improved with each game.

"We're definitely a work in progress," assistant coach Michele Timms said.

"You can't be unhappy when you haven't dropped a game, but we're still a fair way from where we'd like to be.

"But that was always to be expected with Jackson coming in late and Penny coming in late and Abby.

"But I think we'll get there."

Jackson has played limited minutes as she tries to find her feet after a long campaign that started with Canberra in the WNBL before she headed back to Seattle.

Timms said it was important for the rest of the team to carry the load while Jackson regains top condition.

"Lauren's coming off a massive year for her starting back in the WNBL and then the WNBA," she said.

"So we're trying to nurse her through and make sure she's right for the main event.

"We're limiting her minutes and we've also had some injuries with Belinda Snell and Penny, so it has been a juggling act and (coach) Carrie (Graf) has done a really good job at limiting their minutes."