Bishop, a 6-foot-3 forward, was a long shot to make the team due to her choice to play in the WNBA. First-term Olympic coach Brendan Joyce told his players he preferred they stay available to the Opals, as the national team is called, to train and tour the past four years.
But Joyce understood pay is better overseas. Bishop played for the Storm the past two seasons and in France for its 2012-13 season.
“I don’t regret any of it,” said Bishop, who helped her country win bronze at the 2012 London Games. “Getting cut wasn’t such a shock for me. It was a disappointment. I did what I could and obviously he likes other players.”
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Joyce hasn’t named his final roster, but Bishop believes former Kennewick High star Leilani Mitchell will make the Olympic team. Mitchell was born in Richland but obtained dual citizenship because her late mother is Australian.
A 5-5 point guard, Mitchell helped lead KHS to a Class 4A state championship as a freshman (2000).
“I haven’t been around the national team much, but the practices I was at, she leads the team really well and the girls all love her,” Bishop said. “(Leilani) is really experienced and brings a lot to that program. She’ll be a very big factor, I think, in Rio for the Opals.”