#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.
Glasgow Rocks are delighted to announce their latest addition to the squad, with the acquisition of Gareth Murray(201-F-84, college: Kalamazoo Valley CC) on a two year deal. Murray rejoins the Rocks after a successful spell on the continent with French second division side Angers. An integral part of the Scotland squad, he was voted Rocks MVP for 2012-13 season. The return of Murray is further good news, following the earlier retention of Jordan Clarke. With the squad starting to take... [read more]
Glasgow Rocks are delighted to announce their latest addition to the squad, with the acquisition of Gareth Murray (201-F-84, college: Kalamazoo Valley CC) on a two year deal.
Murray rejoins the Rocks after a successful spell on the continent with French second division side Angers.
An integral part of the Scotland squad, he was voted Rocks MVP for 2012-13 season. The return of Murray is further good news, following the earlier retention of Jordan Clarke.
With the squad starting to take shape, head coach Sterling Davis will be looking for the side to improve on last season's results.
Davis was thrilled to add one time Great Britain International, for an assault on the BBL title and stated, "It's good to see Gareth back in a Rocks jersey.
"He has a long standing relationship with the organisation and the fans alike. As we know, his versatility and experience will be a big positive to the make-up of our team.
"I have seen Gareth grow over the years as a player and a person and look forward to seeing him be a key leader within our group.'
Rocks fans will remember with fondness Murray's performances with the side, which ultimately merited a place in the Great Britain squad for EuroBasket 2013.
Prior to moving to Angers, he spent a brief spell away from the Rocks with French third tier side Challans, where he averaged an impressive 13 points per game.
Murray returns to the Rocks seeking silverware and stated, 'I am very happy to be returning for my third spell with the Rocks and hopefully it's third time lucky for some silverware!
"This will be my 12th season professionally and 9th-10th with Glasgow. Returning home was an easy decision for me, since I will be home with my wife and daughter, playing at the Emirates in front of friends and family which is a great incentive and of course our fans, who are a huge part of the Glasgow Rocks' identity.
"I believe I can help improve the Rocks on and off the court. I am fully committed to helping the team win and helping the next generation of players develop and improve, while at the same time, raising the level of basketball in Scotland.'
The Women's British Basketball League (WBBL) is delighted to be making a number of changes for 2016-17, which are expected to add even more excitement and momentum to the impressive evolution of the top flight of the women's game in the UK. With two successful seasons now in the books, the third will see an extended 33-week season and one that will involve newcomers Oaklands Wolves and Basketball Scotland. Tipping off at the start of October, the season will open with the fourth edition... [read more]
The Women's British Basketball League (WBBL) is delighted to be making a number of changes for 2016-17, which are expected to add even more excitement and momentum to the impressive evolution of the top flight of the women's game in the UK.
With two successful seasons now in the books, the third will see an extended 33-week season and one that will involve newcomers Oaklands Wolves and Basketball Scotland.
Tipping off at the start of October, the season will open with the fourth edition of the Betty Codona Classic.
There will also be a significant buzz around the launch of a whole new WBBL Cup competition.
This will see the last two teams standing in the competition make a trip to the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham next January, to compete as part of a super BBL and WBBL Cup double-bill.
The new WBBL Cup will be a straight knockout competition, with the lowest placed WBBL teams from last season in Cardiff Met Archers and Manchester Mystics playing in Round 1 along with rookies Oaklands Wolves and Basketball Scotland.
The changes mean that there will be a second mouth-watering BBL and WBBL Finals double-bill, with the conclusion of the WBBL Trophy taking place alongside the BBL Trophy Final at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow next March.
This season's WBBL Trophy will see all 10 WBBL clubs enter in a geographically split, group format. Five teams will compete in each pool, playing one game against each rival either home or away. The top two from Group A and B will progress directly to the Semi-Finals in a crossover A1 v B2 and B1 v A2 setup.
The joint Finals theme will then continue at The 02 Arena in London next May, when for the second time in a row, the WBBL season will reach a climax at the same time as the BBL, with a Play-Off Finals double bill in the capital.
The 2016 edition of the Molten Finals attracted 13,000 spectators to the venue and was watched by more than 170,000 people online via the BBC Sport website and BBC red button.
Further details on all of the events mentioned will be made in due course.
You can follow WBBL news via www.wbbl.org.uk and via #theWBBL on social media channels, which are wbblofficial on Instagram, @wbblofficial on twitter and /wbblofficial on Facebook.
Chantelle Pressley (ex Halle) signs at SBS Ostrava - 20 days ago
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SBS Ostrava (ZBL) landed British ex-international forward Chantelle Pressley (185, college: E.Illinois). She played most recently at SV Halle Lions in German DBBL. In 13 games she averaged 4.1ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.2spg last season. Pressley also played at Suns (WBBL) in British league that season. In 6 games she had very impressive stats: 17.3ppg, 9.5rpg, 2.3apg and 2.3spg. The previous (14-15) season she played at Nottingham Wildcats (WBBL) in British league. In 21 games she had also remarka... [read more]
SBS Ostrava (ZBL) landed British ex-international forward Chantelle Pressley (185, college: E.Illinois). She played most recently at SV Halle Lions in German DBBL. In 13 games she averaged 4.1ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.2spg last season. Pressley also played at Suns (WBBL) in British league that season. In 6 games she had very impressive stats: 17.3ppg, 9.5rpg, 2.3apg and 2.3spg. The previous (14-15) season she played at Nottingham Wildcats (WBBL) in British league. In 21 games she had also remarkable stats: 15.1ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg in 2014-15 season. In 13-14 season Pressley played at Thouars (NF1) in French league. Among other achievements she played in the final of English WBBL in 2015. Pressley received also Eurobasket.com All-English WBBL 2nd Team award in 2015. She was a member of British Senior National Team between 2014 and 2015. Pressley graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 2012 and it will be her fifth season in pro basketball.
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