#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.
There are two debutantes in our line-up this week and a player who racked up one of the biggest performance efficiency valuations in WBBL history. Georgia Jones (Manchester Mystics) The Great Britain playmaker sealed her third Weekly All-Star place in the opening four weeks of the new season, in what proved to be a special outing against Pride. Jones scored 15 points and also registered five rebounds and four steals; but it was her six assists that proved most significant as she became t... [read more]
There are two debutantes in our line-up this week and a player who racked up one of the biggest performance efficiency valuations in WBBL history.
Georgia Jones (Manchester Mystics) The Great Britain playmaker sealed her third Weekly All-Star place in the opening four weeks of the new season, in what proved to be a special outing against Pride. Jones scored 15 points and also registered five rebounds and four steals; but it was her six assists that proved most significant as she became the first player in the league to hit the 150 WBBL career assists landmark.
Sierra Schwellenbach (Manchester Mystics) It's a debut slot in our fantastic five for Schwellenbach as she joins her Mystics' colleague. She erupted from behind the three-point line in the match-up against Cardiff Met Archers and harvested 19 points after dropping five triples from just seven attempts. She also finished a great night of work with five rebounds, five steals and four assists.
Abigail Asoro (Team Northumbria) Last year's Molten WBBL Play-Off Final MVP cemented her first berth of the new season off the back of a typically impressive line for Northumbria in their game against Oaklands. The versatile Swedish star landed a big double-double of 15 points and 15 rebounds to help her side bounce back from their disappointment against Suns to get back on a winning track.
Jamila Thompson (193-F-92, college: Drexel) (Leicester Riders) The Great Britain forward is back for her second appearance of the campaign after she showed her quality for Riders in their hard-fought and defensively dominated win against Barking Abbey Crusaders. It was a real do-it-all effort from Thompsom, who was rampant on the glass with 12 rebounds and also garnered eight points, five assists, four steals and four blocked shots.
Ashley Harris (Nottingham Wildcats) The Wildcats centre is continuing to dominate as she did last year - not only recording the best performance of the weekend, but also the best of the season so far. Harris accumulated a phenomenal performance efficiency valuation score of 40, via a superb 34-point and 12-rebound double-double against Caledonia Pride in a display which also harvested four steals and three assists.
Off the bench - Steph Gandy (Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters), Tricia Oakes (Caledonia Pride), Alison Gorrell (Team Northumbria), Kata Fulop (Oaklands Wolves), Cat Carr (Sevenoaks Suns), Siobhan Prior (Nottingham Wildcats), Isabel Bueriberi (Manchester Mystics).
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.
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