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Canberra Capitals skipper Abby Bishop named WNBL player of the month

Canberra Capitals skipper Abby Bishop's five-star displays to keep her side in the finals hunt have been rewarded after she was named the WNBL player of the month for November.

The in-form forward averaged 22.8 points and 12.5 rebounds over November, and leads the league in both those categories so far this campaign.

Despite the 26-year-old's dominance, the Capitals finals hopes are teetering on the brink after they were overrun 74-59 by fellow finals contender Melbourne Boomers at Tuggeranong Basketball Stadium on Sunday.

The Capitals (4-6) face the daunting task of beating league leader and title favourites Townsville at AIS Arena on Sunday afternoon to stay within touching distance of the top four.

Townsville's head coach, former Capitals assistant Chris Lucas, was named WNBL coach of the month after guiding his side to a league-best 7-2 record.