Abby Bishop was four years removed from her first WNBA experience when she signed with the Storm in February. In the first go-around, she played sparingly on the 2010 Storm championship team.
Now, she was going to play a much more prominent role in Seattle.
“It was new everything, which was exciting,” Bishop said. “It was very different from the last time I was here. I didn¹t play. We won the championship. We had amazing superstars on the team. This year, everyone is kind of even, given an equal opportunity. It was kind of a fresh start.”
Bishop was coming off a season where she led Australia’s WNBL in points (23.0) and rebounds (10.6) with the Canberra Capitals and started to show off that ability in her fourth game back in the States.
The Storm was in Los Angeles to take on the Sparks and Bishop came through in a big way. She dropped a career-high 18 points on 7-for-12 from the field and went 4-for-9 from three to lead the Storm to the 60-54 victory.
About a week later, she had 12 points and nine rebounds against the eventual WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx.
“It’s really nice to be back and I enjoyed my season here,” Bishop said. “Obviously, it¹s the best league in the world so for me getting back into it and coming back over here, it was no surprise the competition is tough.”
Despite being in only her second full season in the WNBA, Bishop brought five years of professional experience as well as being one of eight new players to the squad. Her experience proved as a benefit while the team adjusted to a new system.
Bishop’s ability to hit the three gave the Storm offense a different look as she was used to stretch the floor and provide a threat from three. Her 32.9 percent from three was the third best on the team.
“I adjusted to my role pretty well. I think I have a lot to learn and can bring a lot more to the table. But for my first season back and the opportunity given to me by Jenny [Boucek], I still helped the team and did my part but I know I can do so much more.”
Bishop played in 26 games with 14 starts before having to sit the final seven due to a hamstring injury. She continued to be a strong influence in the locker room after the injury and helped the Storm navigate a strong finish to the season.
The work and momentum built at the end of the season is something Bishop and the Storm hopes to carry over into 2016.