Abby Bishop

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Abby Bishop
Abby Bishop at the Opals camp.jpg
Bishop at the Opals camp in May 2012
Forward/Center
Born (1988-11-29) 29 November 1988 (age 25)
Booleroo, South Australia
Nationality Australian
Height 189 cm (6 ft 2 in)[1]
WNBA career 2010–2010
Profile WNBA player profile
WNBA teams
Seattle Storm (2010)
Non-WNBA teams
Australian Institute of Sport (2005–2006)
Canberra Capitals (2006–2010)
Dandenong Rangers (2010–2011)
Adelaide Lightning (2011–2012)
Canberra Capitals (2013-present)

Abby Bishop (born 29 November 1988) is an Australian professional basketball forward/center. In the United States, she played for the WNBA's Seattle Storm in 2010 when the team won a league championship. In Australia, she has played for the Australian Institute of Sport from 2005–2006, the Canberra Capitals from 2006–2010, Dandenong Rangers from 2010–2011 and is currently a member of the Adelaide Lightning. She is a member of the Australia women's national basketball team and won a gold medal during the 2007 Oceania World Qualifications series.

Personal life[edit]

Bishop was born on 29 November 1988.[2] She is 189 centimetres (74 in) tall,[2][3][4] and was featured in the Women's National Basketball League (WNBL)'s 2009 league calendar.[5] In August 2013, Bishop took custody of her two-day old niece, Zala Kate Bishop.[6]

Basketball[edit]

Bishop is a tall[7] forward.[2][4] In 2008, she was featured as a basketball star on myFiba.[5]

Bishop played in the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL) over the winter 2011 season for Swinburne Kilsyth Lady Cobras alongside other WNBL stars Eva Afeaki and Chantella Perera.[8] She took leave from Swinburne Kilsyth Lady Cobras duties during June while touring with the Australian Opals team in China where Australia competing in the Qi Yi Four Nation tournament along with Brazil and New Zealand.[9]

Professional[edit]

WNBA[edit]

Bishop's rookie season in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) was in 2010.[10] In her first season in the WNBA playing for the Seattle Storm, she only played in 16 games, averaging 6.8 minutes per game.[4] In these appearances, she averaged 2.8 points and 1.3 rebounds per game.[4] Almost all her games and minutes came near the end of the season when the coach was trying to rest the team's starters.[4] While the Storm won their second WNBA championship in 2010,[11] Bishop did not play in any post season games in her rookie year because she had a concussion during practice for the post season.[4] She did not play with the Storm during the 2011 season as she wanted to focus on making the 2012 Australian Olympic squad. She said: "I've decided to stay in Australia and focus on London. I know it's a year away, maybe over a year away now. But for me, it's about staying here and showing myself to the coaches where if I'm going back to America, it's going to be a little bit harder, not playing. So solely my focus is making that London team."[4]

WNBL[edit]

Bishop has averaged 13.8 points a game, 8.3 rebounds a game and 1.4 assists a game in her WNBL career.[12] She had a scholarship with the Australian Institute of Sport and played for the AIS WNBL team in 2005 and 2006.[13][14][14][15] She played for the Canberra Capitals in the 2006/2007 season,[16] and was with the team again for the 2007/2008 season when she was nineteen-year-old.[17] She stayed with the team for the 2008/2009 season.[5] In a January 2009 game against the AIS, she scored 20 points in the team's 87-51 victory,[18] and in a late January 2009 game against the AIS which Canberra won 99-72, she scored 27 points.[19] In a January 2009 game against the Logan Thunder that Canberra won 76-53, she scored 15 points.[20]

Bishop played in the WNBL in 2010/2011 for the Dandengong Rangers, where she was the team's leader alongside Kate Macleod.[21] She then played for the Adelaide Lightning in 2011/2012.[2][12][22] That season, she averaged 16.4 points a game, 8.2 rebounds a game and 2.6 assists a game.[12] In an October 2011 game against the Australian Institute of Sport, she scored 21 points in a 97-47 win for Adelaide.[23]

National team[edit]

Suzy Batkovic and Abby Bishop (left) at day two of the Opals camp.

Bishop has represented Australia as a member of the Australian's age level teams. She was a member of the 2005 Australia Junior Women's Team that competed in the World Championships in Tunisia.[24] As a member of the 2006 Junior Women's Team, she earned won a gold medal during the Oceania World Qualification Series[24] and competed in the William Jones Cup in Taiwan.[24] In 2007, she was a member of the Australia women's under-19 junior team that competed at the World Championships in the Slovak Republic.[25][26] Her team finished fifth.[26] She led the team in minutes played with 231 in 9 games.[26] She made 39 of 83 attempted field goals, for a percentage of 47%.[26] She made 35 out of 54 attempted free throws.[26] She made 32 offensive rebounds, and 64 defensive rebounds.[26] In 2007, she was a member of the Australian Young Women's Team that won a silver medal at the World Championships in Russia.[25] She represented Australia at the 2011 Summer Universiade team in Shenzen, China, where Australia took home a bronze medal. She was Australia's leading scorer in the tournament.[27]

Bishop has represented Australia as a member of the Australian Opals. As a member of the 2007 team, she won a gold medal during the Oceania World Qualifications series.[25] In 2008, she participated in the Good Luck Beijing 2008 held in China in the lead up to the Olympics. Her team was joined by national teams from United States, Cuba, Korea, New Zealand and China. Bishop was the youngest player on the team.[17] In July 2010, she participated in a four-day training camp and one game test match against the United States in Connecticut.[28] In 2010, she was a member of the senior women's national team that competed at the World Championships in the Czech Republic.[29][30] In July 2011, she participated in the Olympic qualification competition.[31] She played in the 2012 Summer Olympic qualifying game against the New Zealand women's national basketball team.[7] In February 2012, she was named to a short list of 24 eligible players to represent Australia at the Olympics.[2] In late April and early May 2012, she was one of four Australian "big" players to participate in a special training camp for the team.[3] She participated in the national team training camp held from 14 to 18 May 2012 at the Australian Institute of Sport.[32]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  5. ^ a b c Nagy, Boti (31 December 2008). "Pin-up girls hit market". Adelaide Now. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  6. ^ Dutton, Chris (31 January 2014). "Canberra Capitals' Abby Bishop shows off the new 'mascot'". The Canberra Times (Fairfax Media). Archived from the original on 31 January 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "No surprises in Opals' preliminary Games squad". Stuff.co.nz. 16 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  8. ^ "OPAL ABBY BISHOP SIGNS WITH THE LADY COBRAS FOR THE 2011 SEABL SEASON". SEABL. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "HOME". SEABL. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
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  11. ^ Voepel, Mechelle (16 September 2010). "Second title even sweeter for Storm". ESPN. Archived from the original on 20 September 2010. Retrieved 17 September 2010. 
  12. ^ a b c Nagy, Boti (16 April 2012). "Lightning target Laura Hodges to counter Bishop". Adelaide Now. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  13. ^ Australian Institute of Sport; Basketball Australia (2011). AIS Basketball 2011. This is a booklet published by the Australian Sport Commission, has a copyright notice on the page following the cover page. Canberra: Australian Sports Commission. p. 59. 
  14. ^ a b "Past Athletes : Australian Institute of Sport : Australian Sports Commission". Ausport.gov.au. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  15. ^ Australian Institute of Sport; Basketball Australia (2011). AIS Basketball 2011. This is a booklet published by the Australian Sport Commission, has a copyright notice on the page following the cover page. Canberra: Australian Sports Commission. p. 60. 
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  17. ^ a b "News Article". SportsAustralia.com. 8 April 2008. Retrieved 2012-05-08. 
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  20. ^ "Capitals get up in Canberra — ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". Abc.net.au. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  21. ^ Smith-Gander, Diane, ed. (2011). "The Season That Was". IiNet WNBL Finals Series (2010/2011 ed.) (WNBL): 3. "Official Programme" 
  22. ^ Travis King (17 February 2012). "Kristi eyes fourth Games — Local News — Sport — Basketball". Bendigo Advertiser. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  23. ^ "Belinda Snell, Alicia Poto Set Sydney on Fire in the WNBL". The Australian. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  24. ^ a b c Australian Institute of Sport; Basketball Australia (2011). AIS Basketball 2011. Canberra: Australian Sports Commission. p. 48. "This is a booklet published by the Australian Sport Commission, has a copyright notice on the page following the cover page." 
  25. ^ a b c Australian Institute of Sport; Basketball Australia (2011). AIS Basketball 2011. This is a booklet published by the Australian Sport Commission, has a copyright notice on the page following the cover page. Canberra: Australian Sports Commission. p. 47. 
  26. ^ a b c d e f "Australia accumulated statistics | 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women | ARCHIVE.FIBA.COM". Chile2011.fiba.com. 5 August 2007. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  27. ^ "Madgen makes her mark — Local News — Sport — Basketball". Bendigo Advertiser. 23 August 2011. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  28. ^ "Opals hit road for world title lead-up". Nine MSN. Retrieved 2012-05-08. 
  29. ^ Australian Institute of Sport; Basketball Australia (2011). AIS Basketball 2011. This is a booklet published by the Australian Sport Commission, has a copyright notice on the page following the cover page. Canberra: Australian Sports Commission. p. 45. 
  30. ^ "Opals missing WNBA stars for China". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 13 July 2011. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  31. ^ "Opals count down to Olympics". Nine MSN. Retrieved 2012-05-08. 
  32. ^ "AUS — Opals announce training camp squad". FIBA. Retrieved 6 May 2012.