#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.
Cardiff Met Archers are one of only two teams still to record a victory in the WBBL this season after another disappointing weekend. The Archers were without the influential Judit Fritz(183-G/F-87, college: St.Francis, NY, agency: Interperformances) who missed her side's 87-37 defeat away at Manchester Mystics through injury. However, the star forward is refusing to panic over Cardiff's 0-3 start to the league campaign having lost all four games in all competitions. 'I have a lot of fa... [read more]
Cardiff Met Archers are one of only two teams still to record a victory in the WBBL this season after another disappointing weekend.
However, the star forward is refusing to panic over Cardiff's 0-3 start to the league campaign having lost all four games in all competitions.
'I have a lot of faith in this team,' she declared. 'I'm highly confident that we will keep improving and pushing our limits as the season progresses.
'We are fortunate to have some young talents, who will certainly make an impact this season."
She added, 'The season has just started, but you can already tell that it is going to be a great season for the WBBL - it's good to see many competitive teams in the league.'
And, Fritz hopes to be back on the court soon to help her team get back on track as she heals a knee injury that kept her on the sidelines on Saturday.
'I have been struggling with my knee for the past few weeks now, and was ultimately suggested to sit out the game this weekend.
"Fortunately, the injury is minor in nature, so hopefully I'll be back on the court in no time. I miss the game already and look forward to helping my teammates on the court."
Meanwhile, Leicester Riders and Nottingham Wildcats improved to 3-0 starts at the top of the standings following contrasting weekend victories.
Matt Harber's Riders side won the fourth quarter 19-3 as they came from behind to defeat the previously unbeaten Barking Abbey Crusaders with Jamila Thompson filling the stat-sheet with eight points, 12 rebounds, five assists as well as four steals and four blocks.
The Wildcats were more at ease in their 91-52 triumph at home to Caledonia Pride as Ashley Harris netted 34 points and pulled down 12 boards in the win.
There was further disappointment for Caledonia as they suffered an 88-43 defeat at Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters the following day with Steph Gandy pouring in 27 points.
Finally, it was a mixed weekend for Team Northumbria as they split their weekend double-header.
Chris Bunten's side went down 63-54 away at Sevenoaks Suns on Saturday before bouncing back to defeat Oaklands Wolves 62-85 behind a 15-point, 15-rebound double-double from Abigail Asoro.
Leicester Riders maintained their winning start to the season, while Team Northumbria and Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters also claimed wins on Sunday. Matt Harber's side produced a strong final quarter to seal a 54-42 victory over Barking Abbey Crusaders behind an impressive all-round performance from Jamila Thompson. Northumbria recorded their first win as they defeated Oaklands Wolves 62-85 with Abigail Asoro tallying 15 points and 15 rebounds with Sheffield easing past Caledonia P... [read more]
Leicester Riders maintained their winning start to the season, while Team Northumbria and Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters also claimed wins on Sunday.
Matt Harber's side produced a strong final quarter to seal a 54-42 victory over Barking Abbey Crusaders behind an impressive all-round performance from Jamila Thompson.
Northumbria recorded their first win as they defeated Oaklands Wolves 62-85 with Abigail Asoro tallying 15 points and 15 rebounds with Sheffield easing past Caledonia Pride in an 88-43 triumph.
Team Northumbria claimed their first league win of the season after beating Oaklands Wolves 62-85 on the road, on Sunday.
Chloe Bully (173-F, college: Catawba) led the way with 19 points while Abigail Asoro posted a big double-double of 15 points and 15 rebounds as a total of five players reached double figures in the win.
Northumbria made a 7-2 start and led by as many as nine in the opening period on a three from Bully before the home side closed the gap.
A 14-2 run saw Northumbria pull clear in the second as Bully continued to find her range from beyond the arc with the visitors going into half-time with a 13-point cushion.
The two teams traded baskets throughout the third in a 13-13 period and the trend continued in the final quarter before a 10-2 run saw Northumbria extend their lead beyond 20 points.
Northumbria wrapped up the victory to bounce back from yesterday's defeat against Sevenoaks Suns, while Oaklands dropped to 0-3 despite 19 points from Kyla Nelson.
Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters recorded an 88-43 triumph over Caledonia Pride for their second league win of the campaign.
Steph Gandy top scored with 27 points in the convincing 45-point success, while Georgia Gayle continued her strong start to the season with 15 points. There was further scoring support from Brittany Winborne and Naomi Campbell, as they added 14 points apiece in the win.
Sheffield moved ahead to earn a 21-16 advantage after the opening period before breaking clear by holding the visitors to just two points in the second.
The gap was 25 points at the half and the Hatters extended their advantage in the third after racking up a further 28 points to maintain their firm control.
The home side also won the final quarter as they wrapped up the win to improve to 2-1 in the league.
Tricia Oakes top scored for Pride with 14 points as the league newcomers still await their first win of the season.
Leicester Riders made it three wins from three in the WBBL Championship after defeating Barking Abbey Crusaders 54-42.
The home side trailed by four heading into the final period but held their opponents to just three points as they pulled away to victory.
Several GB Senior Women players were on display in a battle of two previously unbeaten teams and it proved to be a close encounter throughout.
Dee Hayward (170-G-91, college: Armstr.Atlantic) top scored with 18 points on 70% shooting from the floor with Jamila Thompson impressing on the boards with 12 rebounds to go with eight points, five assists, four steals as well as four blocks.
Barking Abbey used a 7-0 run to edge ahead in the first period before Riders started the second with 11 straight including seven from Alex Smith to help build an advantage heading into half-time.
Savannah Wilkinson scored five of 10 points in the third at the start to push Crusaders back ahead and they would establish a four-point lead ahead of the final period.
A three from Hayward put Riders ahead as part of a 7-0 opening before Barking closed to within a single point. However, a 10-0 run proved decisive as Leicester were able to wrap up the win.
Wilkinson led the Crusaders with 14 points and 10 boards as they fell to their first defeat of the season.
Nottingham Wildcats claimed the outright lead at the top of the WBBL Championship, while there wins for Sevenoaks Suns and Manchester Mystics. The Wildcats were dominant in a 91-52 victory over Caledonia Pride with Ashley Harris (187-F/C-90, college: Wayne St., NE) pouring in 34 points. Meanwhile, Manchester defeated Cardiff Met Archers 87-37 and Sevenoaks saw off Team Northumbria in a 63-54 success with Cat Carr netting 15 points. WBBL Championship Manchester Mystics 87 (18,44,66) (Sch... [read more]
Nottingham Wildcats claimed the outright lead at the top of the WBBL Championship, while there wins for Sevenoaks Suns and Manchester Mystics.
The Wildcats were dominant in a 91-52 victory over Caledonia Pride with Ashley Harris (187-F/C-90, college: Wayne St., NE) pouring in 34 points.
Meanwhile, Manchester defeated Cardiff Met Archers 87-37 and Sevenoaks saw off Team Northumbria in a 63-54 success with Cat Carr netting 15 points. WBBL Championship Manchester Mystics 87 (18,44,66) (Schwellenbach 19, Jones 15, Clayden/Potter 11) Cardiff Met Archers 37 (11,19,35) (Wagstaff 17, Shanahan 6, Richards/Merchant 4)
Manchester Mystics made it three wins in a row as they claimed a dominant 87-37 win over Cardiff Met Archers, on Saturday.
Sierra Schwellenbach led the way with 19 points, five rebounds, five steals and four assists as the home side improved to 2-1 in the WBBL Championship.
Laura Shanahan opened the scoring with a three but Mystics soon moved ahead and a 7-0 run helped establish control in the opening period.
The lead entered double figures at the start of the second as Schwellenbach netted twice from downtown and then Manchester finished the half with a 16-2 run to open a commanding 25-point advantage.
Cardiff hit three consecutive triples in the third before the Mystics used a 14-3 burst to extend their lead beyond 30 points. They then wrapped up victory in style whilst keeping their opponents to just two points in the fourth.
The Archers were led by Sarah Wagstaff's 17 points but are now 0-3 at the bottom of the standings.
Sevenoaks Suns picked up their second win of the WBBL Championship with a 63-54 victory against Team Northumbria.
Cat Carr led the way with 15 points, seven rebounds as well as five assists which took her tally past 100 in the WBBL Championship.
Anne Pedersen (185-G/F-92, college: LSU) and Tayani Clark both added 12 points to go with seven boards to help the Suns improve to 2-1.
It was the visitors who edged the opening stages and led by three at the end of the first period and led by as many as eight in the second at 16-24.
However, Sevenoaks levelled with a 10-2 run and went into half-time on a late three from Carr. A 9-0 start saw the gap extend to double digits, but Northumbria closed with the final 10 points to close within four.
A three from Chloe Bully made it a two-point game as Sevenoaks threatened to pull away before they closed out the game with seven unanswered points.
Alison Gorrell and Bully combined for 41 of their side's 54 points with just five players getting onto the scoresheet.
Northumbria finished 4-of-26 from beyond the arc as they drop to 0-2 for the season ahead of Sunday's clash at Oaklands Wolves.
Nottingham Wildcats maintained their unbeaten start to the new season with a convincing 91-52 victory over Caledonia Pride.
Ashley Harris posted a big double-double of 34 points and 12 rebounds, while three other players hit double figures including Siobhan Prior who also handed out seven assists.
The visitors made a bright start and trailed 14-13 inside the final three minutes of the opening period before the Wildcats pulled away with eight straight points.
Nottingham then scored the first 23 points of the second period to establish firm control and went into half-time with a commanding 51-21 advantage.
The lead continued to grow in the second half and peaked at 47 points, but Caledonia outscored the defending league champions in the final quarter as they battled until the final buzzer.
Natalie Bastian top scored with 15 points, while Tricia Oakes added 10 points and 12 rebounds with Pride still searching for their first win ahead of Sunday's meeting with Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters.
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