Canberra Capitals Mistie Bass opens up on playing three months after giving birth

University of Canberra Capitals import Mistie Bass and her son Braven Boyd donate baby clothes and toys to Karinya House before returning home to the United States. Photo: Dion Georgopoulos
University of Canberra Capitals import Mistie Bass and her son Braven Boyd donate baby clothes and toys to Karinya House before returning home to the United States. Photo: Dion Georgopoulos

Canberra Capitals import Mistie Bass said playing in the WNBL just three months after giving birth for the first time was the hardest thing she has ever done. Bass proved an integral part of the Capitals offence this season, averaging 11.75 points per game, and while her teammates watched her dominate on court, they were unaware of her struggle off it.

The American battled to shed baby weight and admits getting back to peak physical condition was much tougher than she anticipated after giving birth in June. Bass only missed one of 21 games all season.

"I didn't anticipate how hard it was going to be, it was a real struggle for me but it was never really a topic of conversation, it was more of a personal struggle.”

Bass spent her final day in the capital donating the clothes her son Braven had outgrown to Karinya House which supports mothers in need, before she flew home to America.

The Capitals’ finals hopes were crushed by a 13-game losing streak, but Bass said she was open to returning to Canberra next season.