Team Northumbria keep Ta'Yani Clark (173-G-86, college: Toledo) and Zoe Vickers for the 2012/2013 season. The players already top-scored in the opener for the team. Ta'Yani Clark joined the team three years ago. In 2008-2009 she played for Quinta dos Lombos (Portugal-D1, starting five) and averaged 22.0ppg, 11.0rpg, 4.0apg, 2.0spg, 3Pts: 42.0%, FT: 78.0%. In 2009-2010: moved toTeam Northumbria (United Kingdom-EBL, starting five) and became the third top-scorer of the season with 22.7ppg, Reb-1 (14.7rpg), Assists-4 (3.6apg), 4.9spg, 2FGP: 40.7%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 63.5%. In the last season her stats read 19.6ppg, Reb-1 (10.8rpg), 4.8apg. She was named Eurobasket.com All-English EBL 1st Team -10, 11, 12. Zoe Vickers will enter her 6th straight season with the team. In 2006-2007 she joined Team Northumbria and progressed a lot. Last season her stats read 12.1ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.9apg.
Manchester Mystics have booked a spot at the 2017 Basketball Cup Finals after tearing past Riders. WBBL Cup Semi-Final Leicester Riders 58 (13,31,44) (Vasciunaite 13, Smith 12, Winterburn 10) Manchester Mystics 67 (14,25,47) (Jones 20, Allen 17, Lucas 9) History was made on Friday night as Manchester Mystics came back to beat Leicester Riders 67-58 on the road and secure a place in their first ever showpiece WBBL Final. Playing the game in front of the BBC cameras and a worldwide audi... [read more]
Manchester Mystics have booked a spot at the 2017 Basketball Cup Finals after tearing past Riders.
WBBL Cup Semi-Final
Leicester Riders 58 (13,31,44) (Vasciunaite 13, Smith 12, Winterburn 10) Manchester Mystics 67 (14,25,47) (Jones 20, Allen 17, Lucas 9)
History was made on Friday night as Manchester Mystics came back to beat Leicester Riders 67-58 on the road and secure a place in their first ever showpiece WBBL Final.
Playing the game in front of the BBC cameras and a worldwide audience, Mystics shrugged off both the absence of the influential Amy Browne and a slow start to storm to victory off the back of scorching 20-2 burst in the second-half.
Led by guard Georgia Jones who had an excellent 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds, as well as her Great Britain colleague Dominique Allen (192-F/C-89, college: ORU) who had 17 points and nine boards, Mystics took control either side of the third and fourth quarter break.
Shortly after the interval, it had looked like Leicester would set up an East Midlands derby with Nottingham Wildcats at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on Sunday 15 January when they moved seven points clear.
But, the hosts then hit the wall offensively at the same time as Mystics finally found some shots from long-range. It caused the tide to turn quickly in favour of Manchester, who will now line-up in the inaugural WBBL Cup Final.
While all eyes will be on tonight's big WBBL Semi-Final between Riders and Mystics which will be broadcast to a global audience via BBC Sport, it isn't the only game where history will be made. As Riders and Mystics prepare to battle it out for their first ever appearance in a showpiece WBBL Final, tomorrow sees Caledonia Pride ready to pen a historical line as they take to their home floor for the very first time. Such is the anticipation of the event against Cardiff Met Archers early... [read more]
While all eyes will be on tonight's big WBBL Semi-Final between Riders and Mystics which will be broadcast to a global audience via BBC Sport, it isn't the only game where history will be made.
As Riders and Mystics prepare to battle it out for their first ever appearance in a showpiece WBBL Final, tomorrow sees Caledonia Pride ready to pen a historical line as they take to their home floor for the very first time.
Such is the anticipation of the event against Cardiff Met Archers early on Saturday afternoon, the sold-out signs were hung on the box-office last week and extra space had to be created so a handful of further tickets could be sold.
More than 300 people will pack into the stunning Oriam venue in Edinburgh to watch Pride go up against Archers in what could also be viewed as not only a domestic WBBL clash - but a duel of national pride.
Or at least according to Archers' player-coach and Great Britain legend, Stefanie Collins (168-PG-82, college: St.Bonaventure) who is thrilled that the WBBL's footprint is growing in the UK.
She said, "We're looking forward to our trip to Edinburgh for our clash of Cymru versus Caledonia.
"It's great to see another team join the league outside of England, which will hopefully boost the development of the women's game across the Home Nations.
"We expect a great atmosphere as Caledonia host their first home game, which coincides with their new facility.
"Archers will hopefully also be in the same position very soon to host our first home game in our new sports arena some time in the New Year," she added.
Having only recently recorded their first WBBL Championship win of the campaign, Archers will be looking to spoil the party against their Scottish opponents who are still hunting for a historic first victory as a top flight club.
Tonight's WBBL Cup Semi-Final match-up at the Leicester Community Sports Arena will tip-off at 5pm and be available via BBC Sport online, via the BBC Sport app and on Connected TV. It will also be followed by the BBL game between Riders and Eagles.
Both Riders and Mystics met last Sunday in a top of the table clash and it was Manchester who prevailed - but form is likely to be thrown out of the window as both teams try to set up a meeting with Nottingham Wildcats in the inaugural WBBL Cup Final at the Barclaycard Arena on Sunday 15 January.
The other WBBL fixtures this weekend are Barking Abbey Crusaders at home to Nottingham Wildcats tomorrow, while Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters will entertain Oaklands Wolves on Sunday with both sides ready to hand out debuts. The home side will have forward Jessica Heilig in their line-up, while Wolves will give a first appearance in the WBBL to Ashton Fleming.
Chantelle Handy selected the top British players playing abroad in last week's games - 2 days ago
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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of British players who are currently playing abroad. This week's number one is an international small forward Chantelle Handy (188-87, agency: Two Points). She contributed to an easy Piestanske Cajky's victory against the league outsider Kvarner in the CEWL in Wednesday night's game.
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of British players who are currently playing abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an international small forward Chantelle Handy (188-87, agency: Two Points, college: Marshall, currently plays in Central Europe Women League). She contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Kvarner (0-3) crushing them 85-41 in the CEWL in Wednesday night's game.
Handy scored 10 points and had 3 steals in 27 minutes on the court.
Piestanske Cajky (2-0) is placed fourth in the CEWL.
There are only four games left until the end of the CEWL Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
It's Handy's first season with the team.
This year she averages: 9.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 72.7% in two games she played so far.
Handy is currently a member of the British senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to U20 international guard Kennedy Leonard (173-96, currently plays college basketball in the States). She led Colorado to an easy victory against the Southeastern Louisiana University crushing them 112-54 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game.
Leonard scored 19 points and added 3 assists.
The University of Colorado has conference record this season.
Leonard has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 16.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 6.4apg, 2.9spg, 2FGP: 52.1%, 3FGP: 26.9% and FT: 66.7%.
Leonard is in the roster of the British U20 national team.
#3. The British player who performed third best last week abroad was U20 international forward Freya Szmidt (185-95, currently plays in Canada). She was the major contributor in an University of Calgary's victory against the Cougars (4-4) 72-66 in the Canadian university league CIS in Saturday night's game.
Szmidt scored 12 points, had 8 boards, passed 3 assists and added 4 steals in 22 minutes.
The University of Calgary has quite an impressive 7-1 record this season.
It was her team's seventh consecutive victory in a row.
This year Szmidt's overall stats are: 6.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.5apg, 3.0spg, 2FGP: 35.7% in two games.
She played for the British U20 national team one years ago.
#4. Guard Shanice Norton (173-97, currently studies in the States) contributed to LSU's victory against the Texas Christian University 67-61 in the NCAA last Sunday.
Norton scored 10 points and had 3 steals.
The Louisiana State University has conference record this season.
Norton's total stats this year are: 5.8ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.1apg and 1.6spg.
She used to play for the British U16 national team
back in 2013.
#5. International forward Ella Clark (190-92, college: Long Beach St., currently plays in Italy) contributed to a 1-point Umbertide's victory against the closely-ranked Broni (2-7) 56-55 in the Italian Serie A1 on Sunday night.
Clark scored 8 points in 37 minutes.
Pallacanestro Femminile Umbertide (3-6) is placed seventh in the Serie A1.
Clark is currently first on the league's list of best blockers with 1.0bpg.
This year her other stats are: 8.0ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.2spg in nine games.
Clark plays currently for the British national team.
#6. Forward Shequila Joseph (190-95, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Mississippi to beat the West Virginia University.
She scored 6 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
The Mississippi was defeated 66-61 at home by the West Virginia University.
Joseph has been at the team for four years.
Joseph's total stats this season are: 5.4ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg.
She is a former U20 international player as she played for the British team two years ago.
#7. An experienced international guard Rachael Vanderwal (175-83, college: Boston U., currently plays in Spain) managed to help Mann Filter Zaragoza in a victory against the closely-ranked CREF Hola (3-8) crushing them 84-60 in the Spanish LFB last Saturday.
Vanderwal scored only 4 points in 17 minutes.
Mann Filter Zaragoza (5-6) is placed tenth in the LFB.
This year Vanderwal's total stats are: 6.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.5apg and 1.6spg in 11 games.
She is also British national team player.
#8. Center Azania Stewart (195-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Florida, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Cadi La Seu (5-6) 72-54 in the Spanish LFB on Sunday night.
Stewart scored only 4 points.
Campus Promete Logrono (4-7) is placed 11th in the LFB.
They ended the series of four consecutive loses.
Stewart has averaged so far 5.8ppg and 4.1rpg.
She plays currently for the British national team.
#9. Former U20 international forward Gemma Bullard (178-92, currently plays in Canada) contributed to an easy victory against the Thunderbirds (3-6) crushing them 73-33 in the Canadian CIS in Saturday night's game.
Bullard scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 13 minutes.
The Queen's University has quite an impressive 5-1 record this season.
It was her team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
Bullard plays seventh season for the team.
She has averaged so far 6.3ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.7spg in three games.
Bullard used to play for the British U20 national team
four years ago.
#10. Guard Eilidh Simpson (170-92, college: St.Francis, NY, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Maquinaria Ensino (3-7) 60-44 in the Spanish LF2 (second division) last Sunday.
She recorded 8 points and had 4 steals.
Femeni Sant Adria (8-2) is placed second in Group A.
It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Simpson has averaged so far 6.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.1apg and 1.4spg.
She is an international player who is currently on the senior British National Team roster.
The list of other players, who all have British passport but never been selected to any of British national teams:
#1.Louella Tomlinson (193-F-88, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Hungary). She could not help Miskolc (5-3) to beat PEAC-Pecs (7-1).
Tomlinson scored only 4 points, had 14 rebounds, passed 4 assists and added 2 blocks.
Miskolc was defeated 59-54 at home by the leading PEAC-Pecs.
It was Miskolc's first loss after three consecutive victories.
Tomlinson belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #3.
Her overall stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.8bpg.
Tomlinson has a dual citizenship: British and Australian.
#2. Experienced Shona Thorburn (178-G-82, college: Utah, currently plays in France) was not able to help Nantes Reze in their game against Bourges (8-1) in the French LFB.
She scored 8 points and added 5 assists in 31 minutes.
Nantes Reze lost 72-83 on the road to the leading Bourges.
Thorburn is ranked fourth on the list of the best passers in the league with 4.8apg.
This year her other stats are: 7.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.9spg in nine games she played so far.
Thorburn is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and British.
#3.Alexandra Bunton (198-C-93, currently plays in EEWBL) was not able to secure a victory for Dynamo Moscow (4-1) in their last game. Despite her good performance Dynamo Moscow was edged 77-74 in Gdynia by the second-ranked Basket.
Bunton scored 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 26 minutes. It was her first game for Dynamo Moscow this season.
It was Dynamo Moscow's first loss after four consecutive victories.
The Regular Season already ended in the EEWBL.
Bunton has both British and Australian nationalities.
Despite her British passport, Bunton currently plays for the Australian U22 national team and is not eligible to play for the British team.
#4.Lavinia Da Silva (187-C-88, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Virtus Cagliari (2-7) in their game against Orvieto (6-2) in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). Despite her very good performance on Sunday night She recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 15 rebounds. Da Silva also added 2 blocks.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
Da Silva belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #3.
She has very reliable stats this season: 12.8ppg, 11.2rpg and 1.2spg.
Da Silva also holds two passports: British and Portuguese.
#5.Ejay Ofomata (180-G/F-86, college: Central State, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in a Udine Delser's victory against the tenth-ranked Fanola SML (3-6) 52-48 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) on Saturday night.
Ofomata scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 28 minutes.
Delser Udine (5-4) is placed sixth in Group B.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
Ofomata has relatively good stats this year: 13.4ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.4apg and 2.3spg in nine games.
She has Nigerian and British nationalities.
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