#1. This week's number one is an international center Dominique Allen (192-89, college: ORU). She led Meccanica NB to a victory over the tenth-ranked Calabria (0-2) 63-56 in the Italian A2 (12th division) in Sunday night's game.
Allen was MVP of the game. She scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Allen's first season in pro basketball. Meccanica Nova Bologna (1-1) is placed seventh in South group.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
It's Allen's first year with the team.
She has individually a very good season with high stats. Allen averages: 18.0ppg, 9.5rpg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 47.2% in the two games she played so far.
She played for the British senior national team years ago.
#2. Second place goes to an international forward Louella Tomlinson (193-88, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: St.Mary's, CA). Tomlinson contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked College Italia (0-2) crushing them 79-45 in the Italian A2 (12th division) last Sunday.
She scored 14 points and blocked 3 shots; not bad, considering it's only Tomlinson's second season in pro basketball. Saces Dike Napoli (1-1) is placed eighth in South group.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
It's Tomlinson's first year with the team.
Tomlinson is ranked first on the list of the best blockers in the league.
This season she has very high stats. Tomlinson averages: 16.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 4.5bpg, 2FGP: 64.7%(11-17) and FT: 76.9%.
She has a dual citizenship: Australian and British.
Despite Tomlinson played previously for the Australian university national team, she played also for the British national team in 2012.
#3. The British player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Rachel Vanderwal (176-83, college: Boston U.). Vanderwal was the major contributor in an UL Aughinish's victory against the closely-ranked Singleton (0-1) crushing them 61-34 in the Irish Superleague on Saturday night.
She scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 31 minutes.
University of Limerick Aughinish (2-0) is placed third in the Superleague.
But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go.
Vanderwal is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her fourth year in UL Aughinish's roster.
Vanderwal is currently second on the list of top scorers with 18.5ppg.
This year her other stats are: 6.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5spg, 3FGP: 66.7% and FT: 75.0% in the two games.
Vanderwal is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and British.
Despite she played previously for the Canadian national team, Vanderwal played also for the British national team in 2012.
#4. Forward Mary Durojaye (187-90, college: Robert Morris), who plays in the Italian A1 could not help Priolo (0-1) to beat C.U.S. Chieti (1-0). Her contribution was not very remarkable in Saturday's game.
Durojaye recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was his first game for Priolo this season.
Priolo was defeated 71-60 on the road by the leading C.U.S. Chieti.
Durojaye is also British university national team player.
#5. International center Azania Stewart (195-89, college: Florida) was not able to help Caja Rural (0-1) in their game against Rivas Ecopolis (1-0) in the Spanish LFB. She did not have that impressive stats last Saturday.
Stewart recorded only 2 points in 11 minutes. It was his first game for Caja Rural this season.
Caja Rural was crushed 95-72 in Rivas by the higher-ranked (#5) Ecopolis.
Stewart is currently fifth on the league's list of best blockers with 1.0bpg.
She used to play for the British national team
earlier this year.
Eurobasket.com All-English WBBL Awards 2016 - May 17, 2016
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Playoffs MVP: Abigail Asoro (183-F-93) of Northumbria; Player of the Year: Amber Stokes (178-SG-90) of Nottingham; Guard of the Year: Amber Stokes (178-SG-90) of Nottingham; Forward of the Year: Baendu Lowenthal (183-F-88) of Sheffield Hatters; Center of the Year: Ashley Harris (187-F/C-90) of Nottingham; Domestic Player of the Year: Helen Naylor (180-F-87) of Sheffield Hatters; Import of the Year: Amber Stokes (178-SG-90) of Nottingham; Young Player of the Year: [read more]
Lee Ryan is counting down the days to when his Oaklands Wolves side step onto a Women's British Basketball League (WBBL) floor for the first time. One of two new clubs announced yesterday as competing during the 2017-18 campaign, the 'Wolfpack' are ready to get their teeth into the challenge of joining the UK's women's elite - along with fellow newcomers Basketball Scotland. 'This is great recognition for the work we have done here in a relatively short time,' enthused the play-caller.... [read more]
Lee Ryan is counting down the days to when his Oaklands Wolves side step onto a Women's British Basketball League (WBBL) floor for the first time.
One of two new clubs announced yesterday as competing during the 2017-18 campaign, the 'Wolfpack' are ready to get their teeth into the challenge of joining the UK's women's elite - along with fellow newcomers Basketball Scotland.
'This is great recognition for the work we have done here in a relatively short time,' enthused the play-caller.
'Our players have proved that they can compete over the past two seasons with us winning the Women's League and Trophy in 2014/15 and having three players compete for Brixton this season.
'Having our own WBBL franchise will now give us a new challenge and raise the standard of everything we deliver.
'The league is impressive and has already elevated the level of the women's game - I believe that we can add to the growth of the sport and provide another opportunity for elite players,' continued Ryan.
'It is also perfect timing for our recently launched youth programme.
'We currently have three girls in the England Under 16 squad and this will give them and their teammates the opportunity to compete all the way through the Basketball England junior leagues into the top flight WBBL.'
The team will play its home fixtures out of the impressive Oaklands College and everyone involved with the facility and the club are looking to build upon their past experience of hosting international youth camps and games involving England.
'We are ready to create a fun home game experience for current and new supporters throughout Hertfordshire and beyond,' confirmed Michael Ball, Director of Basketball.
'Oaklands Wolves intend to make Sunday afternoon their home game day and we will be looking to help grow the WBBL fan-base.'
You can find out more about Oaklands Wolves via wolves.oaklands.ac.uk and on social media via their official facebook page and on both Instagram and twitter as Oaklandsball
The Women's British Basketball League is delighted to confirm the participation of two new franchises for the 2016-17 WBBL season. Both Basketball Scotland and Oaklands Wolves will take their place alongside eight other existing WBBL clubs when the action tips-off in October. The Basketball Scotland programme will be based in Edinburgh at Oriam [the new National Performance Centre for Scotland] which will become a home for Scottish performance basketball. 'The purpose of establishing a... [read more]
The Women's British Basketball League is delighted to confirm the participation of two new franchises for the 2016-17 WBBL season.
Both Basketball Scotland and Oaklands Wolves will take their place alongside eight other existing WBBL clubs when the action tips-off in October.
The Basketball Scotland programme will be based in Edinburgh at Oriam [the new National Performance Centre for Scotland] which will become a home for Scottish performance basketball.
'The purpose of establishing a WBBL team in Scotland is driven by our desire to continue developing opportunities and this will offer the highest standard of female basketball in the UK,' said Basketball Scotland Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Pringle.
'The franchise will also play a key part in Scotland's preparation for the 2018 Commonwealth Games and we hope it will become a long term part of our pathway, which will help develop Scottish athletes that can represent Great Britain. 'Our vision for the programme is that it will be led by a core of Scottish players and supplemented with some additional talent to make sure the Scottish athletes are pushed every day in practice.
'The focus will be on the development of Scottish talent and while we still want to win games, the opportunity for Scottish players to compete at this level and develop their skills is the prime driver.
'We will also be revealing the team name and logo soon, which will be very exciting.'
Meanwhile Oaklands Wolves are also thrilled at joining the WBBL and will play their homes fixtures at their impressive facility at Oaklands College, which has been a home training base in recent years for the England Junior National Teams.
'This is fantastic news for our basketball programme, our players and the College,' declared Michael Ball, Director of Basketball at Oaklands College.
'Oaklands Wolves will aim to add to the excitement of the WBBL and bring a young and fast-paced style of basketball to fans around the league. "It would not have been possible to make this happen without the support of the College - they are always fully behind the basketball programme and are especially keen to see our elite female student athletes get the same opportunities as the boys.'
He added, 'The team will be based upon our Academy players with the addition of professional and university players. Just as we are trying to produce the next generation of International players from within the basketball academy, we are going to try to add GB International players.'
Further club, coach and player announcements in respect of both Basketball Scotland and Oaklands Wolves will be made in due course.
Finally, while two new franchises have joined for 2016-17, Brixton Topcats have opted to withdraw. The WBBL are extremely grateful for the significant contribution the South London club have made towards the successful establishment of the league since it was established in October 2014.
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