#1. This week's number one is an international center Dominique Allen (192-89, college: ORU, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian A2 (12th division). She could not help Meccanica NB (7-6) in their last game. Despite Allen's good performance the seventh-placed Meccanica NB lost 64-70 on the road to the higher-ranked (#6) Min.Battipaglia in the South group.
She had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. Allen also added 3 assists and 8 steals in 35 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only her first season in pro basketball. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
It's Allen's first year with the team.
Allen has relatively good stats this season: 11.9ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.8spg, 2FGP: 43.0% and FT: 80.6% in the 13 games she played so far.
She is currently a member of the British senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to U20 international forward Gemma Bullard (177-92, currently plays in Canada). Bullard contributed to Queen's' victory against the Toronto (13-0) 62-57 in the Canadian university league CIS on Saturday night.
She recorded 9 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks in 29 minutes.
The Queen's have a solid 7-3 record this season.
This year Bullard has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.8apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 53.1%, 3FGP: 31.1% and FT: 78.6% in the 10 games.
She has a dual citizenship: British and Canadian.
Bullard is in the roster of the British U20 national team.
#3. The British player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international guard Kelsey Bardsley (171-90, currently plays in Canada). She contributed to a Lakehead University's victory against the Waterloo (0-9) 68-55 in the Canadian CIS in Saturday night's game.
Bardsley recorded 8 points.
The Lakehead University has 5-4 record this season.
It was her team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
Bardsley has reliable stats this season: 12.2ppg, 1.8rpg, 2FGP: 23.7%, 3FGP: 33.0% and FT: 71.4%.
She played for the British U20 national team three years ago.
#4. 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 Waterford Wildcats (5-6) 67-53 in the Irish Superleague on Saturday night.
Hoffman scored 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. DCU Mercy Dublin (7-2) is placed third in the Superleague.
Hoffman is currently third on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place).
She has individually a very good season with high stats. Hoffman averages: 18.0ppg, 10.3rpg, 1.5apg and 3.2spg.
She is a naturalized American.
Hoffman used to play for the British national team
back in 2011.
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), who plays in the Italian A2 (12th division) could not help Napoli S.Dike (9-4) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Tomlinson's good performance Napoli S.Dike (#3) was crushed 75-46 at home by the leading Ragusa in the South group.
She recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 13 rebounds. Tomlinson also added 3 blocks.
It's Tomlinson's first season with the team.
Tomlinson is ranked eighth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (first place).
She has individually a very good season with high stats. Tomlinson averages: 16.3ppg, 12.2rpg, 3.7bpg and 2.2spg.
She has a dual citizenship: Australian and British.
Despite Tomlinson's British passport, she previously played for the Australian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the British team.
#2.Alex Bunton (198-C-93, college: Wichita St., currently plays in Australia) was not able to help Canberra Capitals (5-11) in their game against Dandenong Rangers (13-3) in the Australian WNBL. Bunton did not have that impressive stats last Friday.
She recorded only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 22 minutes.
Canberra Capitals were crushed 101-62 on the road by the second-ranked Dandenong Rangers.
It was Canberra Capitals' eighth consecutive loss in a row.
This year Bunton's overall stats are: 3.3ppg and 2.8rpg in the 10 games she played so far.
She is another player who holds two passports: British and Australian.
Rising star Gabriele Nikitinaite(178-SG-98) has been voted the Molten WBBL Young Player of the Year for 2016-17 after posting a brilliant season with Sevenoaks Suns. In polling by WBBL clubs/coaches, they recognised it's been a magnificent year for the Great Britain youth star, whose upturn in form and influence helped Suns to deliver their first-ever piece of WBBL silverware after they landed the WBBL Trophy last month. Sevenoaks also secured their highest ever placing in the WBBL Cham... [read more]
Rising star Gabriele Nikitinaite (178-SG-98) has been voted the Molten WBBL Young Player of the Year for 2016-17 after posting a brilliant season with Sevenoaks Suns.
In polling by WBBL clubs/coaches, they recognised it's been a magnificent year for the Great Britain youth star, whose upturn in form and influence helped Suns to deliver their first-ever piece of WBBL silverware after they landed the WBBL Trophy last month.
Sevenoaks also secured their highest ever placing in the WBBL Championship after taking third spot - helped significantly by 14.2 points per game from Nikitinaite who converted a stellar 55% from the field. The versatile 18-year-old has also harvested an eye-catching 6.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.
Nikitinaite fought off stiff competition from her fellow GB young guns Savannah Wilkinson of Barking Abbey Crusaders and Kyla Nelson of Oaklands Wolves, in a tight race for the gong - the closest in the history of the award.
It's our last line-up from the WBBL Regular Season and also the penultimate starting five of the entire 2016-17 campaign! Alex Smith (Leicester Riders) It was a scintillating second place finish for Riders and much of their best work this season has come from their talented guard. Smith was in terrific form during the last day win at Cardiff Met Archers, as she collected a stellar double-double of 20 points and a spectacular 14 assists to sign off the Regular Season in style. Alison Gor... [read more]
It's our last line-up from the WBBL Regular Season and also the penultimate starting five of the entire 2016-17 campaign!
Alex Smith (Leicester Riders) It was a scintillating second place finish for Riders and much of their best work this season has come from their talented guard. Smith was in terrific form during the last day win at Cardiff Met Archers, as she collected a stellar double-double of 20 points and a spectacular 14 assists to sign off the Regular Season in style.
Alison Gorrell (Team Northumbria) She may have started quietly against Caledonia Pride, but Gorrell was like a runaway train as she took over the contest at Sport Central. She denied the visitors a potential dream ticket to the Play-Offs with a tremendous night of work. Her final stat-line saw her score 25 points, grab five boards, snap up four steals, hand out two assists and not commit a single turnover.
Lauren Thomas-Johnson (178-G-88, college: Marquette) (Manchester Mystics) Mystics managed to take a top-four finish thanks to completing their scheduled fixtures with a hard-fought win against bottom side Oaklands Wolves. Thomas-Johnson was a colossus for the hosts as she kept up her excellent work on the boards of late. Her final tally of 10 rebounds facilitated a classy double-double for the GB player, who poured in 25 points.
Kara Bonenberger (Team Northumbria) While Gorrell made some serious noise in the backcourt for Northumbria, it was Bonenberger who did the business inside as she showcased her skill-set with great effect. She cut down Caledonia with some devastating play under the hoop and was relentless on the glass. That contributed to her amassing a wonderful double-double of 18 points and 16 rebounds.
Erika Livermore (Leicester Riders) The frontcourt star proved tough to handle for the Archers defence, who wilted under her constant pressure in the paint and ruthless efficiency. Livermore cut down her Welsh opponents by racking up a stellar double-double of 22 points and 13 boards, to catapult Riders into second spot and into this weekend's Play-Offs with real momentum.
Off the Bench - Savannah Wilkinson (Barking Abbey Crusaders), Judit Fritz (Cardiff Met Archers), Sarah Thomson (Caledonia Pride), Abigail Johnson (Barking Abbey Crusaders), Gabby Nikitinaite (Sevenoaks Suns), Ashley Harris (Nottingham Wildcats, Brittany Winborne (Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters).
Southwark gain D1W revenge as they top league winners Solent to claim playoff crown - 3 days ago
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A 15-5 4th quarter run from the Pride was enough to seal the final clash of the season between Southwark and Solent. Evenly poised at 45-45 early in the final period, the Kestrels went cold at the worst time possible and fell to a 67-53 defeat. Eager to erase the memory of a National Cup Final loss to the same opponent, Coach Lee's side came out strong and gave their supporters real hope that their D1W winning form could be translated in to post season success. But going 5/22 from the flo... [read more]
A 15-5 4th quarter run from the Pride was enough to seal the final clash of the season between Southwark and Solent. Evenly poised at 45-45 early in the final period, the Kestrels went cold at the worst time possible and fell to a 67-53 defeat. Eager to erase the memory of a National Cup Final loss to the same opponent, Coach Lee's side came out strong and gave their supporters real hope that their D1W winning form could be translated in to post season success. But going 5/22 from the floor in the final frame was too much to overcome for the South Coast side and the contest was decided from there. Southwark's Alimat Onuyemi-Daniel was a worthy recipient of the MVP award as she scored 26 points, including 16 in the final quarter, to ensure the title of Playoff Champions belonged to the London club. After losing out to Solent by the narrowest of margins during the regular season, Southwark weren't going to let a shot at revenge pass without taking advantage. It didn't look that way in the early stages though as the Kestrels were able to take advantage of 9 Pride turnovers to establish a 22-14 lead. Feeling they needed to change the flow of the game, the London side leant on the talents of Emerald Ekpiteta (SG-97), absent for Solent's league win over Southwark this year, who scored 9 points in the quarter to help reduce the deficit. With both coaches using their benches extensively, plenty of players had the opportunity to put their mark on the game. No one did it more than Ekpiteta in that 2nd period though and the teams went into the break at 35-32 Solent. The longer the game wore on, the more Solent began to struggle. So confident when they were ahead, as soon as Southward grabbed the lead midway through the 3rd the game began to change. Jodie Jerram (163-G) and Ekemini Essien (175-G-97) both found life hard for the Kestrels as neither managed to score in the frame and shots that were dropping earlier in the contest were now struggling to find their mark. With a minute to go, Southwark were up by 6 but had to settle for a 4-point lead after the D1W champs closed the 3rd with the final basket. With just over a minute gone in the final quarter, Solent did manage to fight back and tie the score up but after that it was a slow and painful end to the game. Everything the Kestrels attempted just wouldn't come off as Southwark once again began to pull away. Becoming more desperate as time began to tick by, that urgency simply led to more misses and poorer looks. Going 1/12 from behind the arc in the final quarter did nothing to help the Solent cause on an afternoon when they matched Southwark for the most part before letting things slip away. The victory was a fitting way to end the season for the Pride as the London based side are expected to have a significantly different roster in place for the start of next season. Based at an academic institution, it's probable that north of 5 players will be leaving this programme during the summer and it will be interesting to see if Coach Gibbons can find suitable replacements from a new intake. That might help rivals Solent in the long run but today it was no solace at all. Courtesy of: basketballengland.co.uk
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