#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.
And then there were two. The road to the Emirates Arena for the 2017 WBBL Trophy is complete after Leicester Riders and Sevenoaks Suns set a historic showdown with Semi-Final victories at the weekend. Leicester booked their spot with an impressive 94-83 home victory over Nottingham Wildcats, much to the delight of head coach Matthew Harber. "I can't describe how proud I am of the players and all the staff," he declared. "We have worked hard for this moment and we played with a tenaci... [read more]
And then there were two.
The road to the Emirates Arena for the 2017 WBBL Trophy is complete after Leicester Riders and Sevenoaks Suns set a historic showdown with Semi-Final victories at the weekend.
Leicester booked their spot with an impressive 94-83 home victory over Nottingham Wildcats, much to the delight of head coach Matthew Harber.
"I can't describe how proud I am of the players and all the staff," he declared.
"We have worked hard for this moment and we played with a tenacity and focus greater than I've ever seen from us before.
"We were not prepared to give up this second opportunity to make a major final and we're excited to have made that step."
The Wildcats were chasing in a third consecutive WBBL Final in a third different competition, but fell short despite a shared 58 points from Siobhan Prior and Ashley Harris.
Erin McGarrachan (183-F-92, college: Houston Baptist) led the Riders with 19 points as six players in total hit double figures with double-doubles from Erika Livermore - 13 points, 12 rebounds - and Alex Smith - 10 points, 11 assists.
The visitors led 5-10 early on before a 10-0 run from the Riders helped establish a nine-point cushion and a lead they would not relinquish.
Nottingham cut the gap down to three in the second, but were kept at bay for the duration as Leicester pulled away to complete a memorable victory.
Harber added: "Credit to Nottingham as they never stopped finding ways to return in the game and the Harris/Prior duo was a tough match.
"Our performance was a team victory with 6 players in double-digit scoring is very impressive."
As for the Suns, they faced the daunting task of a trip to the defending champions, Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters - who were unbeaten in the group stage.
However, they too made a strong start and established a commanding 17-point lead by the end of the third before securing a 67-82 triumph.
Cat Carr played the full 40 minutes and netted a game-high 28 points for her side with Gabby Nikitinaite and Dani Lozzi adding 14 and 13 points respectively.
Riders and Suns will go head-to-head at the Emirates Arena on March 19, LIVE on BBC Sport where one side will be celebrating a first-ever WBBL title.
It was a historic afternoon as both underdogs prevailed in the WBBL Trophy Semi-Finals to book a place in a major Final for the first time. Sevenoaks Suns were the first to book their spot with some great early work and a stellar 28 points from Catherine Carr(183-F, college: Holy Family) handing them a 67-82 success at 2016 Trophy winners Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters. Their opponents at the 2017 British Basketball Trophy Finals on Sunday 19 March at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow w... [read more]
It was a historic afternoon as both underdogs prevailed in the WBBL Trophy Semi-Finals to book a place in a major Final for the first time.
Sevenoaks Suns were the first to book their spot with some great early work and a stellar 28 points from Catherine Carr (183-F, college: Holy Family) handing them a 67-82 success at 2016 Trophy winners Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters.
Their opponents at the 2017 British Basketball Trophy Finals on Sunday 19 March at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow will be Leicester Riders.
They chose a great time to grab their first ever derby win against local rivals and current WBBL Championship leaders Nottingham Wildcats.
They reached their first Final with a 94-83 victory behind 19 points from Scottish wing Erin McGarrachan and double-doubles from Erika Livermore and Alex Smith.
The win underlined the depth of the WBBL with two new Finalists and seven different teams appearing in four consecutive major Finals.
It's another huge weekend in the WBBL and not least for Matthew Harber and his Leicester Riders side as they target a first ever showpiece Final appearance. They will have to do it the hard way and overcome league leaders and local rivals Nottingham Wildcats tomorrow, in a derby on their home floor with more than a little added spice. The winners will grab that precious ticket to the 2017 British Basketball Trophy Finals at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow next month. "We have managed to... [read more]
It's another huge weekend in the WBBL and not least for Matthew Harber and his Leicester Riders side as they target a first ever showpiece Final appearance.
They will have to do it the hard way and overcome league leaders and local rivals Nottingham Wildcats tomorrow, in a derby on their home floor with more than a little added spice.
The winners will grab that precious ticket to the 2017 British Basketball Trophy Finals at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow next month.
"We have managed to dodge each other so far this season, so neither team has that experience and must bring some fresh ideas to try out," stated Harber ahead of the mouth-watering East Midland match-up.
"I think Wildcats took a step up in the signing of Joana Ferreira recently as she has been a good addition who has helped the other pieces to fall into place.
"With Ashley Harris obviously a major contender for league MVP this season, these are two dynamics that we need to be mindful of.
"We also have to focus strongly on the defensive side of our game and make sure we can get the number of stops we need to win and really keep their points tally down.
"Reaching a major Final was the target of the organisation at the start of the season and hasn't changed, so we are aware that we need to make up for missing out on the Cup Final if we can.
"We have another shot waiting in front of us and I know we will be competitive, so we just have to make sure that we execute at both ends of the floor as well," added the play-caller.
Riders will also have to write an additional note of history if they are to leap into their maiden Final and that is beat their derby rivals for the first time, since they are 0-5 in all WBBL competitions against Wildcats.
The other Semi-Final which also tips-off at 3pm tomorrow, sees Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters entertain Sevenoaks Suns and the home side will be favourites to advance, having won seven of eight WBBL meetings against the visitors.
However, Suns are in good form of late and are highly dangerous with Cat Carr and Anne Pedersen putting in some big performances.
Hatters will also be keen to successfully retain the Trophy they won just over a year ago at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham.
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