This week’s WBBL All-Star Five is stacked after an amazing weekend that saw some of the best individual performances in the history of the league, resulting in the highest Performance Points total for the collective this season. It’s led by Sian Phillips and includes the Nottingham duo of Jasmine Joyner and Chelsey Shumpert, who make the team together for the fourth time this season and second week in a row.
Sian Phillips – Caledonia Pride
Pride snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Newcastle Eagles, as Phillips produced the second highest Performance Points total of any player this season to make the All-Star Five for the second time in three weeks. The GB under-20s forward had a massive double-double of 28 points and 23 rebounds, adding six steals, four assists and two blocks, scoring crucial consecutive baskets to settle the game inside the last four minutes.
Georgia Jones – Manchester Met Mystics
Veteran GB guard Georgia Jones had her best ever WBBL performance on Saturday, with a career high 35 points in Mystics’ win over Essex Rebels. That included six made three-pointers at 46%, which was a career second best; and she came close to a triple-double, adding nine assists and seven rebounds.
Jasmine Joyner – Nottingham Wildcats
Joyner leads all players in All-Star 5 appearances this season, with the latest being her sixth after Nottingham’s big win over Durham Palatinates. She had another double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds, adding six steals and four assists, while scoring six points in the decisive 13-0 surge that settled the game in the fourth quarter.
Chelsey Shumpert – Nottingham Wildcats
Shumpert makes her fourth appearance, all of them alongside her teammate, after coming agonisingly close to producing what would have been a first ever quadruple-double in the WBBL. The guard scored 26 points – including 9-13 (69%) on the inside – with nine rebounds, nine steals and eight assists, as Wildcats had 22 steals and 22 points from turnovers in the game, with 12 of those points coming directly from Shumpert’s defensive plays.
Kate Oliver – Leicester Riders
The WBBL Cup Final MVP makes the team for the second week in a row – and the fifth time overall, which is second only to Joyner – after another dominant display saw Leicester remain unbeaten at the top of the table. The Australian centre had a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds, shooting 4-5 (80%) from beyond the three-point line as Riders beat Oaklands Wolves, also adding five assists and two blocks.
Off the bench: Alison Gorrell (Newcastle Eagles), DeAngelique Waithe (Essex Rebels), Hannah Shaw (Manchester Met Mystics), Holly Winterburn (Leicester Riders), Mara Marchizotti (Cardiff Met Archers), Andrea Kohlhaas (Essex Rebels), Kara Elderkin (Durham Palatinates).