Coming off a Career Season in Australia, Bishop Primed to Make a Strong WNBA Return
The Seattle Storm Friday announced that the franchise has signed Australian forward Abby Bishop to a multi-year deal.
“We see Abby as a critical piece for the future of this franchise,” said Storm President & General Manager Alisha Valavanis. “As we continue to rebuild with an emphasis on young players and offensive talent, signing Abby was a top priority.”
As a member of Seattle’s 2010 WNBA Championship team, Bishop returns to the WNBA with five more seasons of Australian WNBL experience. Competing with the Canberra Capitals during the 2014-15 WNBA offseason, Bishop finished the regular season leading the WNBL in points per game (23.0) and rebounds per game (10.6). She was named WNBL Player of the Week on January 26, 2015.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge of playing against the best athletes in the world,” said Bishop, who will be traveling to Seattle with her adopted daughter Zala. “We are really happy to be joining the Storm. It will be fun to be part of this team, and I am really excited to be coached by Jenny [Boucek].”
Bishop’s WNBL experience started in 2005-06 as a member of the Australian Institute of Sport, where she was named the WNBL Rookie of the Year. Bishop competed with Canberra from 2006-10, the Dandenong Rangers from 2010-11, spent 2011-12 with the Adelaide Lightning, and returned to Canberra for the 2013-14 season. Bishop played in 16 games throughout the 2010 WNBA season, her first stint in Seattle, averaging 2.8 points and 1.3 rebounds per game.
“We are very excited to have Abby back,” said Storm head coach Jenny Boucek. “She has grown significantly since she was last in Seattle and is now coming into the prime of her career. Abby brings skill, smarts and hunger to our team.”
Bishop’s extensive history with the Australian Opals, Australia’s National Team, includes a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics. She was also on the roster for the 2010 FIBA World Championships, held in the Czech Republic, where the team placed fifth. Bishop was also recently named to the Opals extended squad, from which the final team for the 2016 Rio Olympics will be chosen.
Seattle opens the 2015 season on June 6 vs. Los Angeles. Storm 360 Memberships, starting at $179, are still available by calling (206) 217-WNBA (9622) or by visiting StormBasketball.com.