Five games at the weekend saw Barking Abbey pick up a pair of wins, Manchester Mystics suffer a pair of losses and Sheffield Hatters remain perfect at the top.
Barking Abbey outlined their Playoff credentials with a pair of road wins at the weekend, winning 82-64 in Leeds on Saturday and 66-48 at Team Northumbria in Sunday.
Both games were wide margins of victory, but both were only really decided in the final quarter.
On Saturday, Abbey recovered from losing the opening quarter 19-13 to be 59-50 ahead going into the final frame and they kept up that momentum to pull away further led by 23 points from Georgia Jones.
On Sunday, they led 30-25 at half-time, but suffered their worst quarter of the weekend in the third to find themselves down 43-39 heading into the fourth quarter.
They responded by holding their hosts to just 5 points in the last quarter and poured in 27 of their own to post an 18 point win. Melita Emanuel-Carr top scored with 23 points.
Sheffield Hatters continued their domination of the VCARS.co.uk Division 1 Women season with an 88-56 victory over Manchester Mystics on Saturday.
Despite being without Lauren Thomas-Johnson, who has left to play in Switzerland, and Sarah Naylor, Hatters were always too strong for the young Mystics side, winning the first half 51-23.
Helen Naylor (26) and Julie Page (188-PF-83, college: E.Washington) (23) led the way for Hatters, as they moved to 7-0 on the league season.
Manchester Mystics were more competitive on Sunday, but they threw away a big lead and lost out 56-55 to Sevenoaks Suns.
Manchester limited Suns to just 5 points in the second quarter and also won the third 19-14 to establish a 48-36 lead heading into the final quarter.
Both teams struggled to score at the start of the final period and a three from Manchester's Maria Grispou saw them still 13 points in front with 7 minutes to go, but Sevenoaks then found their touch to record 6 consecutive points.
A three from Megan Lewis brought Suns within a single point inside the final two and a half minutes, but they were still down by three as the game proceeded into the last 30 seconds.
A score from Cheridene Green (187-C-95) got Suns back to within a point and they then forced a turnover by Mystics. As time wound down Kaitlyn Lewis scored the decisive basket, with Emma Macready's attempt at a reply being unsuccessful.
Green led Suns with 24 points and 9 rebounds and Manchester were led by 14 points from Nicola Blakeway.
Cardiff Archers came out on top of a high-scoring encounter with Newham Stars, winning 87-76 on Sunday.
Archers set the scene for their win in the first quarter, establishing a 12 point lead that they would cling onto for their rest of the game.
Stars were much more competitive in the final three periods as Fatumah Lwazi (22) and Rochelle Davids (19) helped them to score 61 points over that time frame. Unfortunately for Stars they were never able to really eat into the lead and Archers won the final quarter by two points to move to 4-2 in league play.
Kate Butters led the way for Cardiff with a game-high 25 points.
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk
Johannah Leedham's double-double lands her Player of the Week award among British players playing currently abroad: - 1 day ago
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Here is the weekly review of the top performing British players, who play currently abroad. This week's number one is an international small forward Johannah Leedham (178-87). Sheto a victory against the tenth-ranked Angers in the French LFB in Wednesday night's game.
Here is the weekly review of the top performing British players, who play currently abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an international small forward Johannah Leedham (178-87, college: Franklin Pierce, currently plays in France). She led Bourges to a 3-point victory against the tenth-ranked Angers (1-3) 65-62 in the French LFB in Wednesday night's game.
Leedham had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 13 rebounds in 31 minutes on the court.
Tango Bourges Basket (3-0) is placed second in the LFB.
So far her team won all three games in the Regular Season.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
It's Leedham's fourth year with the team.
She is ranked sixth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 8.3rpg.
Leedham also averaged so far 10.7ppg, 3.7apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 38.9%, 3FGP: 36.4% and FT: 85.7% in three games she played so far.
She played for the British senior national team one years ago.
#2. Second place goes to an international forward Ella Clark (190-92, college: Long Beach St., currently plays in Italy). She led Umbertide to an easy victory against the league outsider Vigarano (0-3) 78-63 in the Italian Serie A1 on Sunday night.
Clark had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. She also added 2 blocks in 36 minutes.
Pallacanestro Femminile Umbertide (1-2) is placed eighth in the Serie A1.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
This year Clark averages: 6.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.0spg, 3FGP: 25.0% in three games.
She played for the British national team in 2015.
#3. The British player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Chantelle Handy (188-87, agency: Two Points, college: Marshall, currently plays in EuroCup). Handy could not help Piestanske Cajky to beat PEAC-Pecs.
She scored 9 points.
But Piestanske Cajky was defeated 78-64 on the road by the much lower-ranked PEAC-Pecs (#15).
It's Handy's first season with the team.
Handy's overall stats this year are: 7.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 33.3%.
She played for the British national team one years ago.
#4. An experienced guard Rachael Vanderwal (175-83, college: Boston U., currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Gipuzkoa UPV (1-4) crushing them 69-47 in the Spanish LFB in Wednesday night's game.
Vanderwal recorded 7 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in 36 minutes.
Mann Filter Zaragoza (1-4) is placed 11th in the LFB.
This year Vanderwal's overall stats are: 5.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.8apg and 2.0spg in five games.
She has a dual citizenship: Canadian and British.
Vanderwal used to play for the British national team
#5. International center Azania Stewart (195-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Florida, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Gran Canaria (0-5) crushing them 77-42 in the Spanish LFB last Wednesday.
She recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
Campus Promete Logrono (2-3) is placed ninth in the LFB.
Stewart's total stats this season are: 4.2ppg and 4.2rpg.
She 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. Experienced Shona Thorburn (178-G-82, college: Utah, currently plays in France) contributed to a Nantes Reze's victory against one of league's weakest teams Hainaut (1-3) 75-61 in the French LFB last Saturday.
Thorburn recorded 10 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals.
Nantes Reze Basket (1-0) is placed fifth in the LFB.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
Thorburn is currently fourth on the league's list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (fourth place).
This season she averages: 8.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 5.0apg and 3.0spg.
Thorburn has a dual citizenship: Canadian and British.
#2.Louella Tomlinson (193-F-88, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Hungary) was the major contributor in Miskolc's victory against the closely-ranked Vasas Akademia (2-1) 65-55 in the Hungarian A Division last Saturday.
Tomlinson scored 13 points in 21 minutes.
Aluinvent DVTK Miskolc (1-1) is placed seventh in the A Division.
But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go.
Tomlinson is ranked second on the list of the best blockers in the league with 2.5bpg.
This year she also averages: 9.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 2.5apg in two games she played so far.
Tomlinson is another player who holds two passports: British and Australia.
#3.Lavinia Da Silva (187-C-88, currently plays in Italy) led Virtus Cagliari to a victory over the 13th-ranked Bolzano (0-2) 61-54 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) on Saturday night.
She was MVP of the game. Da Silva scored 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
Surgical SRL Virtus Cagliari (1-1) is placed seventh in Group A.
Da Silva has relatively good stats this season: 13.0ppg and 8.0rpg.
She has both British and Portuguese nationalities.
#4.Sarah Kershaw (178-SF-85, currently plays in Switzerland) helped Helios win their game against the closely-ranked Bellinzona (2-1) crushing them 95-48 in the Swiss LNA on Sunday night.
Kershaw had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds. She also added 4 assists in 33 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Helios VS Basket (3-1) is placed second in the LNA.
It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Kershaw is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her seventh year in Helios' roster.
Kershaw has relatively good stats this season: 12.5ppg, 7.5rpg, 3.5apg and 1.5spg in two games.
She also holds two passports: British and Swiss.
#5.Ejay Ofomata (180-G/F-86, college: Central State, currently plays in Italy) could not help Udine Delser (0-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Ofomata's good performance the 14th-placed Udine Delser (0-2) was badly defeated 62-45 at home by the leading Bologna in the Group B.
She was the top scorer with 13 points. Ofomata also added 6 rebounds.
Ofomata has relatively good stats this season: 11.5ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.5spg.
She has dual citizenship: Nigeria and British.
It's our third line-up of the new season and it includes a trio of Brits, as well as a historic first ever spot for a player from Oaklands Wolves. Georgia Jones (172-G-90, college: ORU, agency: Global Sports Plaza) (Manchester Mystics) Ever since her move back home to Manchester, the Great Britain guard has been showing her class and she picks up her second appearance in these first three weeks. Jones was the main architect of Mystics collecting a WBBL Championship victory at Wolves as t... [read more]
It's our third line-up of the new season and it includes a trio of Brits, as well as a historic first ever spot for a player from Oaklands Wolves.
Georgia Jones (172-G-90, college: ORU, agency: Global Sports Plaza) (Manchester Mystics) Ever since her move back home to Manchester, the Great Britain guard has been showing her class and she picks up her second appearance in these first three weeks. Jones was the main architect of Mystics collecting a WBBL Championship victory at Wolves as they secured a weekend win double. She scored her highest ever tally as a WBBL player after amassing a stellar 30 points, including five scores from behind the arc. For good measure, she also added four assists and three rebounds.
Annamaria Nagy (Oaklands Wolves) It was a historic weekend for one of the WBBL's newest franchises as they recorded their first ever victory as a WBBL club with a dramatic and joyous WBBL Cup success at Cardiff Met Archers. There were an array of excellent performances and it is the Hungarian guard who takes the honour of being her team's first ever weekly Al-Star. She finished the clash with 16 points, including a trio of big three-pointers as she also registered an impressive five rebounds and three assists.
Holly Winterburn (Leicester Riders) Having made a name for herself on the international stage with England at the FIBA U16 European Women's Championship Division B, Winterburn is now looking to do the same in the WBBL. Having played last season, it looks like her influence at Riders is set to grow during 2016-17. She cemented a place in our fab five thanks to 19 points in a tremendous shooting effort against Sevenoaks, which saw her make an eye-popping 80% from the floor and also hand out four assists.
Abigail Johnson (183-C-97) (Barking Abbey Crusaders) It's a debut appearance this season for the frontcourt star who missed the Betty Codona Classic, but has since come back to make some noise under the hoop for Barking. Currently celebrating her call-up to the Great Britain senior squad, Johnson helped her team to roar past Archers with a smart five of six from the floor en-route to 12 points. She also did the business on the glass with a wonderful 15 rebounds, which sealed a superb double-double.
Ashley Harris (Nottingham Wildcats) Once again underlining her status as one of the premier WBBL performers, the centre was in fine form for Wildcats as they won an intense battle against fellow title challengers and arch rivals, Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters. Harris grabbed her second spot of the campaign in our starting five by producing the best performance of the week after corralling a mammoth 34 points, including a perfect 15 of 15 from the free-throw line. She also mustered seven rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Off the bench - Kata Fulop (Oaklands Wolves), Jo Clayden (Manchester Mystics), Steph Gandy (Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters), Judit Fritz (Cardiff Met Archers), Tricia Oakes (Caledonia Pride), Naomi Turner (Oaklands Wolves), Cat Carr (Sevenoaks Suns).
The road to the Final of the first ever WBBL Cup will continue next month as excitement continues to build in the wake of the Quarter-Final draw. Following on from last weekend's First Round ties which saw Manchester Mystics progress, along with Oaklands Wolves who clocked a historic first ever success as a top flight club, the line-up has been confirmed for the next phase. Wolves have been rewarded with a tough away trip to Leicester Riders, who will be dreaming of making it to the Bar... [read more]
The road to the Final of the first ever WBBL Cup will continue next month as excitement continues to build in the wake of the Quarter-Final draw.
Following on from last weekend's First Round ties which saw Manchester Mystics progress, along with Oaklands Wolves who clocked a historic first ever success as a top flight club, the line-up has been confirmed for the next phase.
Wolves have been rewarded with a tough away trip to Leicester Riders, who will be dreaming of making it to the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham where their men's team have spent so occasions in the recent ear competing for BBL Cup silverware.
Mystics will re-engage with Barking Abbey Crusaders, having recently been pipped in a very tight WBBL Championship match-up and this one promises to be just as intense, ith no fewer than six Great Britain squad members going up against each other.
Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters are no strangers to winning in Birmingham after landing the 2016 WBBL Trophy there and they would love to book a return in the Cup for 2017, with Sevenoaks Suns standing in their way.
Meanwhile the pick of the Quarter-Finals is surely two title favourites going head-to-head in the shape of reigning league champions Nottingham Wildcats who will entertain Team Northumbria.
WBBL Cup Quarter-Finals
Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters v Sevenoaks Suns Leicester Riders v Oaklands Wolves Nottingham Wildcats v Team Northumbria Barking Abbey Crusaders v Manchester Mystics
All ties will take place on 05 or 06 November, with the exact schedule and tip-off times to be confirmed soon via #theWBBL
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