PARIS (AP) — Australia center Liz Cambage won't play at the women's basketball world championship after rupturing her Achilles tendon in an exhibition game against the United States, the team announced on Saturday.

The 6-foot-8 center scored nine points and had nine rebounds against the Americans before getting hurt early in the second quarter on Friday. She will return to Australia in the coming days where a full assessment of the injury and recovery timetable will be established.

Australia's coach Brendan Joyce said he felt bad for Cambage after her commitment to the program throughout the world championship preparation. Cambage skipped playing for the Tulsa Shock this past WNBA season to train with Australia.

"From day one Liz has shown nothing but the utmost commitment and respect for the Jayco Opals program, sacrificing the 2014 WNBA season to prepare for the upcoming world championships," Joyce said.

"I feel gutted for Liz to suffer this injury so close to the start of the tournament after the mountain of work she has put in to get to this point. Liz has been at every camp and on every tour as part of the preparation since March, and has shown remarkable dedication to the program."

The Australians, who won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics, are already missing Lauren Jackson due to an injury leaving them depleted in the frontcourt.

Australia will open its world championship pool play on Sept. 27 against Cuba.