After a busy week of WBBL action the All-Star Five includes the Cup Final MVP, alongside the dangerous Wildcats duo who could have made the team twice each after their performances in a pair of wins on a double-header weekend.
Jasmine Joyner – Nottingham Wildcats
Joyner makes her fifth appearance of the season so far, leading all players in that regard, and after a weekend double-header she not only could have been in the team twice, but both performances would have led all players. On Saturday, she had a huge double-double of 30 points and 16 rebounds as Wildcats brushed aside Manchester Met Mystics on the road; before following that with 25 points, on 11-14 (78%) shooting, to go with eight rebounds, three assists and three steals as Nottingham returned home to beat Caledonia Pride in just as comprehensive a style.
Cassie Breen – BA London Lions
Making her third appearance in the last five weeks, Breen remains the league’s leading scorer as BA London Lions remain perfect in the league. She scored 28 points on the road at Oaklands Wolves, including a startling 7-11 (63%) from beyond the three-point line. She is the league’s most accurate long-range sharpshooter, with three of those – and three free-throws after being fouled shooting another one – coming in a first quarter that Lions dominated.
Kate Oliver – Leicester Riders
Riders lifted the WBBL Cup for the first time live on Sky Sports on Friday night, led by their captain. Oliver recorded a big double-double of 18 points and a Cup Final record 14 defensive rebounds, adding five assists, two blocks and steal to pick up the MVP award. She scored 10 first quarter points as Leicester established a big early lead, and never trailed thereafter.
Chelsey Shumpert – Nottingham Wildcats
The other member of the Wildcats duo, Shumpert shot even more accurately from the floor than her teammate, going 9-9 inside and 11-13 (84%) overall on her way to 24 points in the victory over Caledonia, adding five assists, four rebounds and four steals. The night before, in Manchester, she scored 27 points with seven assists as she and Joyner combined for 55% of their team’s points over two games in which they nearly hit the century in both.
Lucrezia Costa – Essex Rebels
Costa appears in the All-Star Five for the second time in three weeks, as Essex Rebels moved to 3-1 in league action. She posted a double-double of 15 points and 11 boards on the road at Durham Palatinates, doing a bit of everything else too by adding four assists, two blocks and a steal. She scored six early points as Rebels established a first quarter lead, and then her bocks and steal all came in a third quarter in which they held their hosts to just eight points to settle the game.
Off the bench: Alison Gorrell (Newcastle Eagles), DeAngelique Waithe (Essex Rebels), Holly Winterburn (Leicester Riders), Cat Carr (Sevenoaks Suns), Kennedy Leonard (BA London Lions), Shannon Hatch (Cardiff Met Archers), Maud Ranger (Caledonia Pride).