#1. This week's number one is an international center Chantelle Handy (191-87, college: Marshall, currently plays in Eurocup). Handy led her Turkish team Mersin to a victory against the fourth-ranked Belfius Namur (0-2) 70-66 in the Eurocup last Wednesday.
She scored 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds; not bad, considering it's only Handy's third season in pro basketball. Mersin BSH Bld (1-1) is placed second in group C.
There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
It's Handy's first year with the team.
She has individually a very good season with high stats. Handy averages: 16.0ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 38.5%, 3FGP: 58.3%.
She is currently a member of the British senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to U20 international point guard Kristie Sheils (173-91, currently plays in Canada). Sheils was the major contributor in an University of Calgary's victory against the Manitoba (1-1) crushing them 97-66 in the Canadian university league CIS on Saturday night.
She scored 18 points in 31 minutes.
The University of Calgary has 2-0 record this season.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
It's Sheils' first year with the team.
Sheils has relatively good stats this season: 12.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.5apg, 2.0spg, 3FGP: 41.7% in the two games she played so far.
She played for the British U20 national team in 2011.
#3. The British player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Dominique Allen (192-89, college: ORU, currently plays in Italy). Allen contributed to a 1-point Meccanica NB's victory against the fourth-ranked Ancona (3-2) 55-54 in the Italian A2 (12th division) in Saturday night's game.
She scored 13 points, had 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks.
Meccanica Nova Bologna (4-1) is placed second in South group.
It was her team's fourth 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.
This season Allen has relatively solid stats: 14.0ppg, 8.6rpg, 2.4spg, 2FGP: 46.0%.
She is also a member of the British senior national team.
#4. Power forward Kimberly Butler (186-82, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Latvia) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked TTT Juniores (2-2) crushing them 75-39 in the Latvian LSBL last Tuesday.
Butler scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 27 minutes. It was his first game for Cesis this season.
Her team is placed second in the LSBL.
So far her team won all five games in the Regular Season.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
It's Butler's first year with the team.
She is a naturalized American.
Butler is also British national team player.
Strangely she has never played in United Kingdom.
#5. International forward Meagan Hoffman (183-82, college: Adams St., currently plays in Ireland) led DCU Mercy to a victory over the fifth-ranked 11890 Killester (2-4) crushing them 72-24 in a derby game in the Irish Superleague in Sunday night's game.
She was MVP of the game. Hoffman had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 13 rebounds. She also added 3 assists and 6 steals in 31 minutes.
DCU Mercy Dublin (5-0) is placed first in the Superleague.
So far her team won all five games in the Regular Season.
Hoffman has very impressive stats this year: 18.0ppg, 12.5rpg, 1.5apg and 3.0spg in the two games.
She is a naturalized American.
Hoffman used to play for the British national team
#6. Center Azania Stewart (195-89, college: Florida, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LFB could not help Caja Rural (1-3) to beat Argon Uni Girona (2-1).
She recorded 5 points in 20 minutes.
Caja Rural lost 61-73 on the road to the higher-ranked (#5) Argon Uni Girona.
It's Stewart's first season with the team.
This year Stewart averages only 3.8ppg in the four games.
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, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Italy) led Napoli S.Dike to a victory over the 13th-ranked Consum.it Siena (0-6) crushing them 82-48 in the Italian A2 (12th division) in Thursday night's game.
She was MVP of the game. Tomlinson had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 15 rebounds. She also added 7 blocks and 3 steals in 25 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Tomlinson's second season in pro basketball. Saces Dike Napoli (4-2) is placed fifth in South group.
It was her team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
Tomlinson is currently fourth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place).
She has individually a very good year with high stats. Tomlinson averages: 17.3ppg, 11.8rpg, 4.3bpg and 1.3spg in the six 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 (2-5) to beat Mondeville (4-3).
Thorburn recorded 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
Aix-en-Provence was badly defeated 74-57 on the road by the higher-ranked Mondeville (#8).
It was Aix-en-Provence's third consecutive loss in a row.
But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go.
Thorburn is currently first on the list of best passers.
She has very reliable stats this season: 11.0ppg, 6.4rpg and 5.6apg.
Thorburn is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and British.
#3.Sarah Kershaw (180-SF-85, currently plays in Switzerland) was the major contributor in Helios' victory against one of league's weakest teams Highflyers (1-5) crushing them 108-47 in the Swiss LNA last Sunday.
She scored 22 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists.
Sdent Helios VS Basket (6-0) is placed first in the LNA.
So far her team won all six games in the Regular Season.
This season Kershaw has very high stats. She averages: 18.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.0apg and 3.3spg.
Kershaw has both British and Swiss nationalities.
#4.Alex Bunton (198-C-93, college: Wichita St., currently plays in Australia) managed to help Canberra TransAct Capitals to win against the league outsider Sydney Uni Flames (0-6) 60-56 in the Australian WNBL in Friday night's game.
Bunton scored only 2 points. It was his first game for Canberra Capitals this season.
Her team are placed fourth in the WNBL.
It was Canberra Capitals' third consecutive victory in a row.
Bunton also holds two passports: British and Australian.
#5.Zane Alilujeva (185-C-87, currently plays in Latvia) was not able to help Liepajas (2-3) in their game against TTT Riga (5-0) in the Latvian LSBL.
She scored only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 16 minutes.
Liepajas lost 57-70 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) TTT Riga.
There are only two 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.
This season Alilujeva's overall stats are: 4.0ppg and 6.0rpg in the two games.
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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