Bishop claims Women's International Player of the Year

Bishop claims Women's International Player of the Year

Jayco Australian Opals forward Abby Bishop has claimed the Women’s Australian International Basketball Player of the Year Award, the Maher Medal, announced at the Basketball Australia iiNet MVP Awards dinner from the Palladium at Crown overnight.

Bishop joins some of Australian basketball’s biggest names in receiving the Maher Medal, the star Aussie playing a critical role in the Jayco Opals' qualification for the London Olympic Games with a three-game series sweep over New Zealand in September last year.

Bishop had 15 points in game one, and finished off the series with a 26 point, eight rebound performance in game three.

In addition, Bishop was a dominant player in the 2011 Australian Women’s University Games team, leading the team in points per game, with the side bringing home a Bronze-medal at the Summer Universiade.

Bishop was also a member of the Jayco Opals team that swept China in a three-game friendly series in Queensland, which served as a warm-up series for the FIBA Oceania Championship.

Bishop joins superstars Lauren Jackson, Michele Timms and Sandy Brondello, among others, as recipients of the Maher Medal.