All-Star 5 – Week 19

This week’s All-Star 5 is led by the unbeaten Sevenoaks Suns’ dynamic backcourt duo as, after going top of the WBBL Championship last week, they won three games in five days this week to remain in the driving seat. All five of the team, including a pair of debutants, registered at least a double-double as all are through 30 Performance Points for the second week in a row.

Ta’Yani Clark – Sevenoaks Suns

Suns started the week with a road win at Manchester Met Mystics, led by a near triple-double from Clark as she makes her second All-Star 5 appearance of the season, but first since week five. She scored 23 points on 9-13 (69%) shooting, grabbing 15 rebounds – all at the defensive end – and handing out eight assists. Suns raced into an early lead as she scored seven points with six assists in the first quarter, but they were pegged back in the third until Clark hit the three-pointer that put them ahead for good among ten points in that period.

Cat Carr – Sevenoaks Suns

Carr earns weekly honours for the fifth week in a row, and could have been in twice after two huge performances. She first had a double-double of 27 points and 11 rebounds, with eight assists, against Nottingham Wildcats; and followed that by completing a triple-double the next day on the road at Essex Rebels, with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists.

Shannon Hatch – Cardiff Met Archers

Hatch makes her first All-Star 5 appearance as Cardiff Met Archers beat Durham Palatinates to maintain their Play-off chase. She shot 10-16 (62%) from the floor and 6-7 (85%) at the free-throw line, grabbing 10 rebounds for a double-double, adding two assists and two steals. Archers got off to a fast start and led from the first quarter onwards as she scored 10 points in the opening 10 minutes.

Lauren Milligan – Oaklands Wolves

Milligan is also making her first showing in the weekly team, with Wolves just ahead of Archers in the Play-off race after they beat Manchester Met Mystics on Sunday. She rebounded more than she scored in her double-double of 13 points and 14 boards, also adding five assists and three steals as Wolves bounced back from a run of three straight defeats ahead of three games against near rivals this week.

Kennedy Leonard – London Lions

Despite slipping back in the title race, Leonard makes the All-Star 5 for the second week in a row and is now clear of Holly Winterburn as the player who has featured most, with this being the ninth occasion. Lions were the third team to beat Manchester Met Mystics last week as Leonard posted a double-double of 14 points and 16 assists, also nabbing six steals. Lions came from behind to win the game in the third period as Leonard pulled the strings, handing out seven assists in that time while also taking two steals and a block as Mystics were held to just nine points.

Off the bench: Stephanie Umeh (London Lions), Azania Stewart (Leicester Riders), Amber Smith (Leicester Riders), Claire Paxton (Durham Palatinates), Sian Phillips (Caledonia Pride), Maud Ranger (Caledonia Pride), Alison Gorrell (Newcastle Eagles).