The latest WBBL All-Star Five combines for the highest overall Performance Points total of the season so far, with Cat Carr and Kennedy Leonard each posting the fourth best individual tallies of any player up to now as their teams battle it out in the WBBL Championship title race.
Cat Carr – Sevenoaks Suns
Suns remain unbeaten at 14-0 and climb to the top of the table behind the inspired form of their captain, as Carr posted a triple-double in victory over Cardiff Met Archers to make a fourth straight appearance in the All-Star Five. Suns have had an amazing run of six wins in just ten days, and Carr saved the best for last with 25 points on 10-13 (76%) shooting, along with 10 rebounds and 10 assists, including 13 first quarter points as her team established a big lead and never looked back.
Kennedy Leonard – London Lions
Now chasing the Suns down in third place, Leonard matched Carr’s Performance Points total of 40 in London’s win over Caledonia Pride and in the process she tied with Holly Winterburn at the top of the All-Star Five appearances chart, with this being her eighth. Missing key players, it was a tight win for Lions north of the border as Leonard had 29 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and proved hard to handle as she crucially made 13-15 (86%) at the free-throw line in what proved to be the difference in the game.
Georgia Jones – Manchester Met Mystics
Mystics are up to fourth with three wins in their last four games, led by captain Georgia Jones as she gains weekly honours for the fifth time this season. In a crucial win that saw them overtake their opponents, Essex Rebels, in the table, the GB guard was close to a triple-double with 25 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, adding four steals. She hit 6-11 (54%) three-pointers including three in the fourth quarter as the teams entered the final ten minutes tied, only for Mystics to pull away in a dominant spell.
Claire Paxton – Durham Palatinates
Durham got just their second win of the campaign in a big North East derby against Newcastle Eagles, leading to a first appearance for Paxton, who is second overall in the league for defensive rebounds and third in blocks. She scored 34 points in this game, including 5-10 (50%) from beyond the arc, completing a double-double with 10 rebounds, all at the defensive end, and blocking two shots. Durham trailed early in the fourth, but Paxton scored 15 points in the period including the first eight in the key 13-3 burst that settled it.
Alison Gorrell – Newcastle Eagles
Eagles, in seventh, bounced back from that defeat to secure a crucial 91-89 win over the eighth-placed Oaklands Wolves with Gorrell, the league’s leading scorer, again coming up big to make her fourth appearance in the last six weeks. She also nearly had a triple-double, with 27 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, along with four steals, and that included the key score with 16 seconds remaining that turned a late deficit into a victory.
Off the bench: Lucrezia Costa (Essex Rebels), Stephanie Umeh (London Lions), Chelsey Shumpert (Nottingham Wildcats), Ella Doherty (Caledonia Pride), Holly Winterburn (Leicester Riders), Kara Elderkin (Durham Palatinates), Sophia Song (Manchester Met Mystics).