Cercle Jean Mace Bourges (LFB) agreed terms with 26-year old British ex-international small forward Johannah Leedham (180-87, college: Franklin Pierce). She played last season at Bulleen Melbourne Boomers in Australian WNBL. In 16 games last year she had 9.9ppg, 5.1rpg and 2.3apg. She helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Quite impressive season as she was named to Australiabasket.com All-Australian WNBL Honorable Mention. The previous (10-11) season Leedham played at AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski in Polish PLKK. In 16 games that season she recorded 10.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.5apg and 2.2spg. Quite impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Polish PLKK Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team. She also played 9 games in Euroleague where she recorded 9.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.2apg and 2.1spg (in top 5). Three years ago Leedham was drafted by Connecticut Sun (WNBA) in third round (27th overall). The former Franklin Pierce University (NCAA Div.II) staris in her third season in pro basketball. Leedham was voted Daktronics All-NCAA D2 1st Team back in 2010 at her college time. Leedham was also a member of British international program for some years. She played for British Senior National Team between 2008 and 2012 and previously for University National Team in 2009. Leedham represented United Kingdom at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdom) last year. Her stats at that event were 5 games: Score-2 (16.2ppg), 5.2rpg, 2.2apg, Steals-3 (2.4spg), FGP: 38.1%, 3PT: 20.8%, FT: 85.7%.
By Eurobasket Data Center
Chantelle Handy selected the top British players playing abroad in last week's games - 2 days ago
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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of British players who are currently playing abroad. This week's number one is an international small forward Chantelle Handy (188-87, agency: Two Points). Sheto an easy victory against the sixth-ranked BAM Poprad in the Slovakian Extraliga in Wednesday night's game.
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of British players who are currently playing abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an international small forward Chantelle Handy (188-87, agency: Two Points, college: Marshall, currently plays in Slovakia). She led Piestanske Cajky to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked BAM Poprad (2-4) crushing them 92-34 in the Slovakian Extraliga in Wednesday night's game.
Handy scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 23 minutes on the court.
Piestanske Cajky (5-0) is placed first in the Extraliga.
So far her team won all five games in the Regular Season.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
This year Handy averages: 8.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 60.9%(14-23), 3FGP: 14.3% and FT: 81.8% in five games she played so far.
She played for the British senior national team one years ago.
#2. Second place goes to an international small forward Johannah Leedham (178-87, college: Franklin Pierce, currently plays in France). Leedham could not help Bourges (3-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite her good performance Bourges was defeated 61-54 on the road by the lower-ranked Lattes Montpellier (#6).
Leedham was the second best scorer with 11 points. She also added 8 rebounds.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
It's Leedham's fourth year with the team.
Leedham belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #5.
She has very reliable stats this season: 10.8ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.8apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 40.9%, 3FGP: 35.7% and FT: 90.9%.
Leedham played for the British national team in 2015.
#3. The British player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international guard Rachael Vanderwal (175-83, college: Boston U., currently plays in Spain). She led Mann Filter to a victory against the closely-ranked Universitario de Ferrol (3-3) 73-66 in the Spanish LFB on Sunday night.
Vanderwal scored 11 points, had 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 32 minutes.
Mann Filter Zaragoza (2-4) is placed tenth in the LFB.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
It's Vanderwal's first year with the team.
This season her overall stats are: 6.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.5apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 41.4%, 3FGP: 25.0% in six games.
Vanderwal has a dual citizenship: Canadian and British.
She played for the British national team one years ago.
#4. Forward Ella Clark (190-92, college: Long Beach St., currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Umbertide in their game against Napoli (3-2) in the Italian Serie A1, despite her good performance last Sunday.
She was the second best scorer with 12 points. Clark also added 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in 39 minutes.
But Umbertide lost 55-65 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#4) Napoli.
It was Umbertide's third consecutive loss in a row.
It's Clark's first season with the team.
This year her total stats are: 7.5ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.5spg in four games.
Clark 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) managed to help Campus Promete Logrono to win against the closely-ranked CREF Hola (2-4) crushing them 83-58 in the Spanish LFB on Sunday night.
She scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
Campus Promete Logrono (3-3) is placed eighth in the LFB.
It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Stewart has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 4.3rpg.
She used to play for the British national team
#6. Guard Eilidh Simpson (170-92, college: St.Francis, NY, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Sant Adria's victory against the 11th-ranked GDKO Bizkaia (1-3) 60-49 in the Spanish LF2 (second division) in Saturday night's game.
Simpson recorded only one point.
Femeni Sant Adria (3-1) is placed fourth in Group A.
Simpson has averaged so far 3.3ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.3apg.
She is international player as she played for the British senior team one years ago.
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). Thorburn could not help Nantes Reze (1-1) to beat Mondeville (2-2).
She scored 5 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 7 assists.
Nantes Reze was defeated 67-63 on the road by the lower-ranked Mondeville (#7).
But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go.
Thorburn is currently fourth on the list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (fourth place).
Her total stats this season are: 7.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 5.5apg and 2.5spg.
Thorburn has a dual citizenship: Canadian and British.
#2.Lavinia Da Silva (187-C-88, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Virtus Cagliari (1-2) in their last game. Despite Da Silva's good performance the tenth-placed Virtus Cagliari (1-2) was badly defeated 62-43 in Sesto San Giovanni by the second-ranked Sesto SG in the Group A.
She had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 14 rebounds. Da Silva also added 2 blocks in 40 minutes.
Da Silva has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg, 10.0rpg and 1.3bpg in three games she played so far.
She is another player who holds two passports: British and Portuguese.
#3.Louella Tomlinson (193-F-88, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Hungary) contributed to Miskolc's victory against the second-ranked UNI Gyor (4-1) 79-75 in the Hungarian A Division last Wednesday.
Tomlinson recorded 8 points.
Aluinvent DVTK Miskolc (2-2) is placed seventh in the A Division.
Tomlinson is ranked fourth on the list of the best blockers in the league.
She has averaged so far 7.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5bpg.
Tomlinson has both British and Australia nationalities.
#4.Sarah Kershaw (178-SF-85, currently plays in Switzerland) managed to help Helios VS Basket in a victory against the league outsider BBC Les Portes du Soleil Troistorrents (1-4) crushing them 71-28 in the Swiss LNA on Sunday night.
She scored 5 points, grabbed 7 boards, passed 5 assists and added 4 steals in 29 minutes.
Helios VS Basket (4-1) is placed second in the LNA.
It was her team's fourth 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 averaged so far 10.0ppg, 7.3rpg, 4.0apg and 2.3spg in three games.
She also holds two passports: British and Swiss.
#5.Ejay Ofomata (180-G/F-86, college: Central State, currently plays in Italy) led Udine Delser to a victory over the seventh-ranked Palermo (1-1) 68-58 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Saturday.
Ofomata was MVP of the game. She scored 19 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 32 minutes.
Delser Udine (1-2) is placed tenth in Group B.
Ofomata has relatively good stats this year: 14.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.7spg in three games.
She holds both Nigeria and British passports.
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.
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