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University of Canberra Capitals sign Bishop

University of Canberra Capitals sign Bishop

Amanda Jones

09 June 2014: The University of Canberra Capitals have re-signed Abby Bishop for the upcoming 2014/15 Women's National Basketball League (WNBL) season.

The deal will see the exciting forward remain with the University of Canberra Capitals for the next two years.

Abby with niece Zala & Abby with niece Zala

Abby Bishop with niece Zala. Photo: Michelle McAulay

Bishop said her nine-month-old niece Zala, whom she cares for, played a big role in her decision to stay in Canberra, with her contract including childcare.

"I wanted to do what was best for her and the University of Canberra Capitals were very accommodating," the 25-year-old said.

"I'm really excited to stay in Canberra, this will be my sixth season with the University of Canberra Capitals," she added. "I'm proud to call Canberra home and I'm really excited with the direction the club is heading."

Coach Carrie Graf said Bishop's re-signing was a huge boost to the team's roster.

"She can defend a multitude of positions, she can score inside and out, and she is an exceptional rebounder. All of that coupled with what she offers our program as a role model, being a single parent and a high performance athlete, makes Abby our latest star recruit," Graf said.

Bishop was named the Capitals' Most Valuable Player and the Kellie Abrams defensive player last season averaging 18.5 points and 10.3 rebounds a game.

She played for the Seattle Storm in the Women's National Basketball Association, better known as the WNBA, helping them win the league championship in 2010.

She also represented Australia in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, with the Opals claiming a bronze medal. 

She played for French team Prepignan for the 2012/2013 season, before returning to Canberra and re-joining the University of Canberra Capitals for the 2013/14 WNBL season. She also recently completed a two-month deal with Hungarian team PEAC Pecs and helped lead the team to the championship.

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