Australia's Opals national team hasn't been named. The Aussies will play in an exhibition game against USA Basketball at Madison Square Garden in July as their final preparation before heading to Brazil.
Storm forward Abby Bishop left the team after its loss in Dallas on Thursday. She flew to her native Australia to join her national team’s training camp in hopes of remaining in contention for a spot on the Rio Olympic Games roster.
Bishop, who’s 6-foot-3, represented her country at the 2012 London Olympics. There was question she’d return to the lineup, according to new coach Brendan Joyce, because she was ruled out for three months while on a course of blood-thinning medication.
Dubbed the Opals, the Australian national team returned this month from a European tour with a 5-3 record. The final tune-up is a traveling tournament along America’s east coast, culminating with a game against USA Basketball at Madison Square Garden on July 31.
Bishop is expected to return to the Storm before then, however. How Bishop fares in camp will determine how many WNBA games she misses.
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The Storm (4-8) opens a four-game homestand Sunday against Minnesota.
A deep reserve for Seattle, Bishop appeared in five games this season. It’s her third season in Seattle overall, averaging 4 points and 2.4 rebounds per game in her WNBA career.
“I really hope she does well,” said Storm coach Jenny Boucek, who knew prior to the season about Bishop’s departure. “Abby is a very good player.”