#1. This week's number one is an international center Chantelle Handy (191-87, college: Marshall, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Turkey. She could not help Mersin (0-1) in their last game. Despite Handy's very good performance Mersin lost 68-80 at home to the second-ranked Tarbes.
She had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds. Handy also added 4 assists in 39 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Mersin this season; not bad, considering it's only her third season in pro basketball. Handy is currently a member of the British senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international center Dominique Allen (192-89, college: ORU, currently plays in Italy). She contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Consum.it Siena (0-4) crushing them 73-41 in the Italian A2 (12th division) in Saturday night's game.
Allen recorded 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
Meccanica Nova Bologna (3-1) is placed second in South group.
It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
It's Allen's first year with the team.
She has relatively good stats this season: 14.3ppg, 8.8rpg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 49.0%.
Allen is in the roster of the British senior national team.
#3. The British player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Azania Stewart (195-89, college: Florida, currently plays in Spain). She was not able to help Caja Rural (1-2) in their game against Perfumerias Avenida (1-1) in the Spanish LFB.
Stewart scored 8 points in only 14 minutes.
Caja Rural lost 67-76 on their home court in Zamora to the higher-ranked (#5) Perfumerias Avenida.
But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go.
This year Stewart averages: 3.3ppg, 2FGP: 36.4% in the three games she played so far.
She is also a member of the British senior national team.
#4. Guard Rachel Vanderwal (176-83, college: Boston U., currently plays in Ireland) led UL Aughinish to a victory over the seventh-ranked Waterford Wildcats (1-3) crushing them 85-45 in the Irish Superleague in Saturday night's game.
She was MVP of the game. Vanderwal recorded 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 30 minutes.
University of Limerick Aughinish (4-0) is placed second in the Superleague.
So far her team won all four games in the Regular Season.
Vanderwal is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her fourth year in UL Aughinish's roster.
She is the league's top scorer with 22.5ppg.
Vanderwal also averaged so far 5.3rpg, 2.5apg and 2.8spg in the four games.
She has a dual citizenship: Canadian and British.
Vanderwal is also British national team player.
#5. International forward Meagan Hoffman (183-82, college: Adams St., currently plays in Ireland) was the major contributor in a DCU Mercy's victory against the closely-ranked TM Hotel Cork (2-1) 68-63 in the Irish Superleague on Saturday night.
Hoffman had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 12 rebounds in 34 minutes. It was his first game for DCU Mercy this season.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Her team is placed first in the Superleague.
So far DCU Mercy won all four games in the Regular Season.
It's Hoffman's first year with the team.
She is a naturalized American.
Hoffman used to play for the British national team
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, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in a Napoli S.Dike's victory against the eighth-ranked Irpino (2-2) 71-56 in the Italian A2 (12th division) in Sunday night's game.
She had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 18 rebounds. Tomlinson also added 5 blocks and 3 steals in 38 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only her second season in pro basketball. Saces Dike Napoli (3-1) is placed third in South group.
It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
It's Tomlinson's first year with the team.
Tomlinson is currently third on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (first place).
She has individually a very good year with high stats. Tomlinson averages: 16.0ppg, 10.8rpg, 4.3bpg and 1.3spg in the four games she played so far.
She has a dual citizenship: Australian and British.
Despite Tomlinson's British passport, she currently plays for the Australian university national team and is not eligible to play for the British team.
#2.Shona Thorburn (178-G-82, college: Utah, currently plays in France), who plays in the French LFB could not help Aix-en-Provence (2-4) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Thorburn's good performance Aix-en-Provence was defeated 70-63 at home by the higher-ranked Perpignan (#6).
She scored 14 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 7 assists.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
It's Thorburn's first year with the team.
Thorburn is ranked first on the list of the best passers in the league.
She has very reliable stats this season: 11.5ppg, 6.7rpg and 5.8apg.
Thorburn is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and British.
#3.Sarah Kershaw (180-SF-85, currently plays in Switzerland) led Helios to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Muraltese (1-3) crushing them 114-54 in the Swiss LNA on Saturday night.
Kershaw was MVP of the game. She recorded 23 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals.
Sdent Helios VS Basket (4-0) is placed second in the LNA.
So far her team won all four games in the Regular Season.
This season Kershaw has very high stats. She averages: 18.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.0apg and 3.5spg.
Kershaw has both British and Swiss nationalities.
#4.Zane Alilujeva (185-C-87, currently plays in Latvia) was not able to help Liepajas (2-2) in their game against TTT Riga (4-0) in the Latvian LSBL.
She scored only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was his first game for Liepajas this season.
Liepajas was defeated 70-57 on their home court in Liepaja by the higher-ranked TTT Riga (#3).
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Alilujeva has been at the team for four years.
And then there were two. The road to the Emirates Arena for the 2017 WBBL Trophy is complete after Leicester Riders and Sevenoaks Suns set a historic showdown with Semi-Final victories at the weekend. Leicester booked their spot with an impressive 94-83 home victory over Nottingham Wildcats, much to the delight of head coach Matthew Harber. "I can't describe how proud I am of the players and all the staff," he declared. "We have worked hard for this moment and we played with a tenaci... [read more]
And then there were two.
The road to the Emirates Arena for the 2017 WBBL Trophy is complete after Leicester Riders and Sevenoaks Suns set a historic showdown with Semi-Final victories at the weekend.
Leicester booked their spot with an impressive 94-83 home victory over Nottingham Wildcats, much to the delight of head coach Matthew Harber.
"I can't describe how proud I am of the players and all the staff," he declared.
"We have worked hard for this moment and we played with a tenacity and focus greater than I've ever seen from us before.
"We were not prepared to give up this second opportunity to make a major final and we're excited to have made that step."
The Wildcats were chasing in a third consecutive WBBL Final in a third different competition, but fell short despite a shared 58 points from Siobhan Prior and Ashley Harris.
Erin McGarrachan (183-F-92, college: Houston Baptist) led the Riders with 19 points as six players in total hit double figures with double-doubles from Erika Livermore - 13 points, 12 rebounds - and Alex Smith - 10 points, 11 assists.
The visitors led 5-10 early on before a 10-0 run from the Riders helped establish a nine-point cushion and a lead they would not relinquish.
Nottingham cut the gap down to three in the second, but were kept at bay for the duration as Leicester pulled away to complete a memorable victory.
Harber added: "Credit to Nottingham as they never stopped finding ways to return in the game and the Harris/Prior duo was a tough match.
"Our performance was a team victory with 6 players in double-digit scoring is very impressive."
As for the Suns, they faced the daunting task of a trip to the defending champions, Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters - who were unbeaten in the group stage.
However, they too made a strong start and established a commanding 17-point lead by the end of the third before securing a 67-82 triumph.
Cat Carr played the full 40 minutes and netted a game-high 28 points for her side with Gabby Nikitinaite and Dani Lozzi adding 14 and 13 points respectively.
Riders and Suns will go head-to-head at the Emirates Arena on March 19, LIVE on BBC Sport where one side will be celebrating a first-ever WBBL title.
It was a historic afternoon as both underdogs prevailed in the WBBL Trophy Semi-Finals to book a place in a major Final for the first time. Sevenoaks Suns were the first to book their spot with some great early work and a stellar 28 points from Catherine Carr(183-F, college: Holy Family) handing them a 67-82 success at 2016 Trophy winners Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters. Their opponents at the 2017 British Basketball Trophy Finals on Sunday 19 March at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow w... [read more]
It was a historic afternoon as both underdogs prevailed in the WBBL Trophy Semi-Finals to book a place in a major Final for the first time.
Sevenoaks Suns were the first to book their spot with some great early work and a stellar 28 points from Catherine Carr (183-F, college: Holy Family) handing them a 67-82 success at 2016 Trophy winners Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters.
Their opponents at the 2017 British Basketball Trophy Finals on Sunday 19 March at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow will be Leicester Riders.
They chose a great time to grab their first ever derby win against local rivals and current WBBL Championship leaders Nottingham Wildcats.
They reached their first Final with a 94-83 victory behind 19 points from Scottish wing Erin McGarrachan and double-doubles from Erika Livermore and Alex Smith.
The win underlined the depth of the WBBL with two new Finalists and seven different teams appearing in four consecutive major Finals.
It's another huge weekend in the WBBL and not least for Matthew Harber and his Leicester Riders side as they target a first ever showpiece Final appearance. They will have to do it the hard way and overcome league leaders and local rivals Nottingham Wildcats tomorrow, in a derby on their home floor with more than a little added spice. The winners will grab that precious ticket to the 2017 British Basketball Trophy Finals at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow next month. "We have managed to... [read more]
It's another huge weekend in the WBBL and not least for Matthew Harber and his Leicester Riders side as they target a first ever showpiece Final appearance.
They will have to do it the hard way and overcome league leaders and local rivals Nottingham Wildcats tomorrow, in a derby on their home floor with more than a little added spice.
The winners will grab that precious ticket to the 2017 British Basketball Trophy Finals at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow next month.
"We have managed to dodge each other so far this season, so neither team has that experience and must bring some fresh ideas to try out," stated Harber ahead of the mouth-watering East Midland match-up.
"I think Wildcats took a step up in the signing of Joana Ferreira recently as she has been a good addition who has helped the other pieces to fall into place.
"With Ashley Harris obviously a major contender for league MVP this season, these are two dynamics that we need to be mindful of.
"We also have to focus strongly on the defensive side of our game and make sure we can get the number of stops we need to win and really keep their points tally down.
"Reaching a major Final was the target of the organisation at the start of the season and hasn't changed, so we are aware that we need to make up for missing out on the Cup Final if we can.
"We have another shot waiting in front of us and I know we will be competitive, so we just have to make sure that we execute at both ends of the floor as well," added the play-caller.
Riders will also have to write an additional note of history if they are to leap into their maiden Final and that is beat their derby rivals for the first time, since they are 0-5 in all WBBL competitions against Wildcats.
The other Semi-Final which also tips-off at 3pm tomorrow, sees Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters entertain Sevenoaks Suns and the home side will be favourites to advance, having won seven of eight WBBL meetings against the visitors.
However, Suns are in good form of late and are highly dangerous with Cat Carr and Anne Pedersen putting in some big performances.
Hatters will also be keen to successfully retain the Trophy they won just over a year ago at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham.
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