#1. This week's number one is an international small forward Johannah Leedham (180-87, college: Franklin Pierce, currently plays in Euroleague). She led her French team Bourges to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked IMOS Brno (2-10) crushing them 85-60 in the Euroleague in Wednesday night's game.
Leedham scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 29 minutes on the court.
Cercle Jean Mace Bourges (9-3) is placed second in group A.
It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row.
They will play only one more game in the Euroleague Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
Leedham has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5apg, 2.5spg, 2FGP: 46.7% and FT: 83.3% in the two games she played so far.
She is currently a member of the British senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international center Dominique Allen (192-89, college: ORU, currently plays in Italy). Allen led Meccanica NB to a victory over the tenth-ranked Viterbo (5-13) 62-49 in the Italian A2 (12th division) on Saturday night.
She was MVP of the game. Allen had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds. She also added and 5 steals in 33 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Allen's first season in pro basketball. Meccanica Nova Bologna (10-8) is placed seventh in South group.
The Regular Season already ended.
It's Allen's first year with the team.
This season she has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.9spg, 2FGP: 43.4% and FT: 66.7% in the 18 games.
Allen 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). She contributed to an easy victory against the Brandon (5-15) crushing them 72-46 in the Canadian university league CIS on Saturday night.
Sheils recorded 7 points.
The University of Calgary has a very solid 17-3 record this season.
It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
Sheils has reliable stats this season: 10.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.1apg, 1.3spg, 3FGP: 34.1% and FT: 78.0%.
She played for the British U20 national team two years ago.
#4. Guard Kelsey Bardsley (171-90, currently plays in Canada), who plays in the Canadian CIS could not help the Lakehead University (13-6) in their last game. Despite Bardsley's good performance the Lakehead University (#2) was crushed 81-57 on the road by the Windsor.
She was the second best scorer with 11 points in 21 minutes.
They ended the series of seven consecutive victories.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important.
This year Bardsley averages: 9.9ppg and 2.0rpg in the 19 games.
She used to play for the British U20 national team
back in 2010.
#5. Former international guard Georgia Jones (172-90, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: ORU, currently plays in Romania) was not able to help Cluj Napoca (3-14) in their game against Timisoara (11-8) in the Romanian Liga Nationala.
Jones recorded 8 points.
Cluj Napoca was badly defeated 68-50 at home by the higher-ranked Timisoara (#7).
It was Cluj Napoca's seventh consecutive loss in a row.
Jones' stats this season are: 14.3ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.7apg.
She used to play for the British national team
five years ago.
#6. Guard Rachel Vanderwal (176-83, college: Boston U., currently plays in Ireland) was the main contributor in an UL Aughinish's victory against the seventh-ranked 11890 Killester (6-12) crushing them 66-38 in the Irish Superleague on Saturday night.
Vanderwal was the best player in that game. She scored 16 points, grabbed 5 boards, dished 8 assists and stole 3 balls in 23 minutes.
University of Limerick Aughinish (12-1) is placed second in the Superleague.
It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season.
Vanderwal is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her fourth year in UL Aughinish's roster.
Vanderwal belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #2) and also on the list of most steals (fifth place).
She has individually a very good year with high stats. Vanderwal averages: 18.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.8apg and 3.3spg in the 11 games.
She is an international player who is currently on the senior British National Team roster.
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) was the major contributor in a Napoli S.Dike's victory against the tenth-ranked Ancona (5-8) 66-55 in the Italian A2 (12th division) last Saturday.
Tomlinson recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 15 rebounds. She also added 4 blocks; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Tomlinson's second season in pro basketball. Saces Dike Napoli (14-5) is placed fourth in South group.
The Regular Season already ended.
It's Tomlinson's first year with the team.
Tomlinson is currently eighth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place).
She has individually a very good season with high stats. Tomlinson averages: 15.8ppg, 12.8rpg, 3.3bpg and 1.8spg.
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), who plays in the Australian WNBL could not help Canberra Capitals (7-16) in their last game on Sunday. Despite her good performance Canberra Capitals were edged 77-75 on the road by the higher-ranked Bulleen Boomers (#5).
Bunton recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds.
Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
It's Bunton's first season with the team.
This year Bunton averages: 3.5ppg and 3.2rpg.
She is another player who holds two passports: British and Australian.
Despite Bunton's British nationality, she previously played for the Australian U19 national team and probably cannot be called to the British team.
#3.Shona Thorburn (178-G-82, college: Utah, currently plays in France) was not able to help Aix-en-Provence (7-12) in their game against Perpignan (13-5) in the French LFB.
Thorburn recorded 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 22 minutes.
Aix-en-Provence was edged 72-70 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked (#3) Perpignan.
Thorburn is ranked third on the list of the best passers in the league with 4.9apg.
This year she also averages: 10.1ppg and 5.0rpg in the 17 games she played so far.
Thorburn has both Canadian and British nationalities.
#4.Sarah Kershaw (180-SF-85, currently plays in Switzerland) led Helios to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Hope-GBA (11-7) crushing them 83-44 in the Swiss LNA in Saturday night's game.
Kershaw recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. She also added 3 assists, 2 blocks and 4 steals.
Helios VS Basket (18-0) is placed first in the LNA.
So far her team won all eighteen games in the Regular Season.
Kershaw averaged so far 14.6ppg, 5.6rpg, 3.3apg and 3.7spg.
She also holds two passports: British and Swiss.
Southwark gain D1W revenge as they top league winners Solent to claim playoff crown - 12 hours ago
follow us on
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
University of Nottingham take home D2W Playoff title - 12 hours ago
follow us on
University of Nottingham used a big 3rd quarter, including 6 three pointers to beat Team Birmingham Elite 75-68 and claim the WNBL Division 2 Playoff Title. A back and forth contest, Birmingham dominated the early going behind the solid 1-2 combo of guard Becky Brindley and forward Lucy Allen. But as the game progressed, Nottingham adjusted and limited Allen's looks to begin turning the game in their favour. Another key component of that turnaround was the hot shooting of Nottingham's Ele... [read more]
University of Nottingham used a big 3rd quarter, including 6 three pointers to beat Team Birmingham Elite 75-68 and claim the WNBL Division 2 Playoff Title. A back and forth contest, Birmingham dominated the early going behind the solid 1-2 combo of guard Becky Brindley and forward Lucy Allen. But as the game progressed, Nottingham adjusted and limited Allen's looks to begin turning the game in their favour. Another key component of that turnaround was the hot shooting of Nottingham's Eleanor Bishop as she began to heat up in the 2nd half. Finishing with 28 points after going 8/13 from beyond the arc, her upturn in form helped the University side grab the initiative and build a lead they'd never relinquish. Nottingham's D2W North MVP Gaby Bronson (183-G) added another MVP award to her resume with a well rounded performance. Amassing 23 points, 15 rebounds, 9 assists and 6 steals, she was a factor throughout and a deserved recipient. Allen and Brindley both started the game well, leading many in attendance to believe that Birmingham might have too much for the University side. Frequent plays in the opening quarter saw the ball in the hands of Brindley before she'd cut to the basket, exploiting the defensive attention to dish a measured assist to Allen. By the end of the period, Allen had 11 points and Brindley had 7 assists. That opening 10 minutes provided plenty of food for thought for D2W North Coach of the Year Andrea Congreaves and she quickly set about adjusting her teams game plan for the remainder of the game. Her tactics clearly had the desired effect as Brindley only managed 5 more assists and Allen scored 10 more points in the remaining 30 minutes of action. With an even 2nd quarter finishing tied at 16-16, it was 38-31 Birmingham at the half. The 3rd quarter belonged to Nottingham, or more accurately to Eleanor Bishop. The talented guard time and again let fly from distance with a consistent level of success. When Birmingham did take steps to try and chase her off the perimeter, Gaby Bronson was more than willing to take advantage of the extra space. A 31-11 quarter was manufactured largely by Bishop though who went 4/5 from deep to add 14 points to the Nottingham cause. With Birmingham unable to work the ball inside to Allen for the level of success they enjoyed in the 1st quarter, the game quickly changed. Starting the final frame up by 13, that quickly became 16 when Bishop hit yet another 3 and many would have been forgiven for thinking the game was set up for a quiet final 10 minutes. Becky Brindley had other ideas though and the Birmingham guard went from provider to scorer to ditch her early assists for 13 final quarter points. That helped to trim the Nottingham lead all the way down to just 3 with 3 minutes on the clock. Try as they might down the stretch though, Birmingham just couldn't find the scores they needed to get any closer, much to their despair. Courtesy of: basketballengland.co.uk
The 2016-17 WBBL regular season is in the books after the final round of games took place at the weekend. With Nottingham Wildcats having already secured the league title, the battle for positioning was intense and there was still one Play-Off spot to be decided. Caledonia Pride's hopes of making the post-season in their first season in the league came to an end on Friday as they were beaten 76-57 away at Team Northumbria with 25 points for Alison Gorrell. That meant Cardiff Met Archer... [read more]
The 2016-17 WBBL regular season is in the books after the final round of games took place at the weekend.
With Nottingham Wildcats having already secured the league title, the battle for positioning was intense and there was still one Play-Off spot to be decided.
Caledonia Pride's hopes of making the post-season in their first season in the league came to an end on Friday as they were beaten 76-57 away at Team Northumbria with 25 points for Alison Gorrell.
That meant Cardiff Met Archers were assured of a top eight finish and they also ended up with a 5-13 record after going down 62-111 at home to Leicester Riders the following day.
Erika Livermore (185-C-93, college: Fair Dickinson) posted 22 points and 13 rebounds, while Alex Smith added 20 points and 11 assists as the Riders wrapped up an impressive second-placed finish.
Meanwhile, Barking Abbey Crusaders recorded a hard-fought 70-72 triumph on the road at Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters to close out their campaign on a high.
Savannah Wilkinson led the way with 15 points and believes the win will give her side a boost heading into the post-season.
"The win against Sheffield was huge for us as we haven't beaten them before," declared Wilkinson.
"Everyone was so proud of our performance and it has really given us positive momentum and a positive mindset before our Play-Off game next week."
Sevenoaks Suns secured third spot in the league after claiming a 64-54 victory over the league champions, Nottingham Wildcats.
Gabby Nikitinaite starred with 25 points and eight rebounds to ensure her side had a home Quarter-Final in the Play-Offs.
Also, Manchester Mystics defeated Oaklands Wolves 79-71 to leave the visitors without a league win and they would finish fourth following Sheffield's loss.
Lauren Thomas-Johnson poured in a 25-point haul in the win and the Mystics will take on the Hatters in what promises to be an exciting Play-Off matchup.
Copyright (c) 1998-2017 Eurobasket Inc. Disclaimer
Do not copy, redistribute, publish or otherwise exploit information that you download from the site !
Do not encumber, license, modify, publish, sell, transfer or transmit, or in any way exploit, any of the
content of the site, nor will you attempt to do so.