Basketball Australia trimmed its preliminary roster for next month’s FIBA World Championship to 13 today. The group features a pair of Storm players – Lauren Jackson, of course, as well as rookie post Abby Bishop. Bishop was one of a number of post players battling for spots on the roster. Among others, she beat out former Connecticut Sun forward Laura Summerton.
Bishop is still not assured a place on the defending World Champions’ roster for the tournament in the Czech Republic. The Opals – coached by former Storm Assistant Coach Carrie Graf - will have one more move to make to get down to 12.
The cuts came after a training camp this week in Australia with everyone but the players who are busy in the WNBA – a group that includes Indiana’s Tully Bevilaqua and Phoenix’s Penny Taylor as well as the Storm’s duo. The Opals will reunite to travel to the U.S. on Sept. 7 for exhibitions against the USA National Team and Spain before heading to Europe. The World Championship tips off Sept. 23.