#1. This week's number one is an international small forward Johannah Leedham (180-87, college: Franklin Pierce, currently plays in France). She led Bourges to a victory against the 12th-ranked Aix-en-Provence (6-11) 74-64 in the French LFB in Saturday night's game.
Leedham scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Bourges this season.
Her team is placed second in the LFB.
It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Leedham is currently a member of the British senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international center Chantelle Handy (191-87, college: Marshall, currently plays in Turkey). She contributed to Mersin's victory against the closely-ranked Antakya (7-7) 70-66 in the Turkish TKBL last Sunday.
Handy scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Mersin BSH Bld (9-5) is placed fifth in the TKBL.
It was her team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
It's Handy's first season with the team.
She has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 40.7%, 3FGP: 27.5% and FT: 87.5%.
Handy is in the roster of the British senior national team.
#3. The British player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international point guard Kristie Sheils (173-91, currently plays in Canada). Sheils contributed to an easy victory against the Trinity Western (3-11) crushing them 78-56 in the Canadian university league CIS in Saturday night's game.
She recorded 14 points (made all of her five free throws).
The University of Calgary has a very solid 12-2 record this season.
This year Sheils has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.0apg, 1.3spg, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 79.3%.
She played for the British U20 national team two years ago.
#4. Guard Georgia Jones (172-90, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: ORU, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala could not help Cluj Napoca (3-12) in their last game. Despite Jones' good performance Cluj Napoca was crushed 95-49 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#3) Satu Mare.
She was the top scorer with 14 points. Jones also added 3 assists in 40 minutes. It was his first game for Cluj Napoca this season; quite an impressive performance considering it's only her third season in pro basketball. It was Cluj Napoca's fifth consecutive loss in a row.
Jones used to play for the British national team
back in 2008.
#5. Former U20 international guard Kelsey Bardsley (171-90, currently plays in Canada) contributed to an overtime Lakehead University's victory against the Western (7-6) 83-80 in the Canadian CIS on Saturday night.
She recorded 11 points (made all of her six free throws).
The Lakehead University has a solid 8-5 record this season.
Bardsley has reliable stats this year: 10.8ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.1spg.
She used to play for the British U20 national team
three years ago.
#6. Center Dominique Allen (192-89, college: ORU, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Meccanica NB (8-7) in their game against S. La Spezia (11-4) in the Italian A2 (12th division). Allen cannot count it as her best performance.
She recorded only 2 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 25 minutes.
The seventh-placed Meccanica NB lost 46-59 in La Spezia to the higher-ranked (#4) S. La Spezia in the South group.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Allen's stats this year are: 11.3ppg, 7.6rpg and 2.9spg in the 15 games she played so far.
She is an international player who is currently on the senior British National Team roster.
#7. Former international forward Meagan Hoffman (183-82, college: Adams St., currently plays in Ireland) led DCU Mercy to a victory over the closely-ranked 11890 Killester (6-10) 69-60 in a derby game in the Irish Superleague last Saturday.
Hoffman was MVP of the game. She recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 12 rebounds.
DCU Mercy Dublin (8-2) is placed third in the Superleague.
Hoffman is ranked third 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. Hoffman averages: 18.3ppg, 10.6rpg, 1.4apg and 2.9spg.
She is a naturalized American.
Hoffman used to play for the British national team
two years ago.
#8. Guard Rachel Vanderwal (176-83, college: Boston U., currently plays in Ireland) was the main contributor in an UL Aughinish's victory against the league outsider Liffey Celtics (0-10) crushing them 71-19 in the Irish Superleague in Saturday night's game.
She was the best player in that game. Vanderwal scored 20 points and had 3 steals.
University of Limerick Aughinish (11-1) is placed first in the Superleague.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
Vanderwal is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her fourth year in UL Aughinish's roster.
She is currently second on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (fourth place).
This season Vanderwal has very high stats. She averages: 19.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.3apg and 3.3spg.
Vanderwal plays currently 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.Louella Tomlinson (193-F-88, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Napoli S.Dike's victory against the ninth-ranked Salerno (6-9) 63-55 in the Italian A2 (12th division) on Sunday night.
She had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Tomlinson also added 2 blocks in 37 minutes.
Saces Dike Napoli (11-4) is placed third in South group.
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Tomlinson belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #6) and also on the list of best rebounders (first place).
She has individually a very good year with high stats. Tomlinson averages: 16.2ppg, 12.3rpg, 3.5bpg and 2.1spg in the 15 games she played so far.
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.Sarah Kershaw (180-SF-85, currently plays in Switzerland) led Helios to an easy victory against the league outsider Highflyers (1-14) crushing them 82-35 in the Swiss LNA on Sunday night.
She had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. Kershaw also added and 5 steals in 26 minutes.
Helios VS Basket (15-0) is placed first in the LNA.
So far her team won all fifteen games in the Regular Season.
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
Kershaw is ranked fifth on the list of the best passers in the league with 3.4apg.
This year her other stats are: 14.2ppg, 5.2rpg and 3.6spg in the 13 games.
Kershaw is another player who holds two passports: British and Swiss.
#3.Alex Bunton (198-C-93, college: Wichita St., currently plays in Australia), who plays in the Australian WNBL could not help Canberra Capitals (6-13) to beat Dandenong Rangers (16-3). She cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones.
Bunton scored only 1 points in 11 minutes.
Canberra Capitals were crushed 98-73 on the road by the second-ranked Dandenong Rangers.
This year Bunton's overall stats are: 3.2ppg and 2.8rpg in the 13 games.
She has both British and Australian nationalities.
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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