There are four debutants in the WBBL All-Star Five, with double features for Cardiff Met Archers and BA London Lions this week, after Archers picked up their first win of the campaign and Lions were victorious for just the second time so far in Saturday’s trio of games.
Cassie Breen – BA London Lions
Lions’ American guard led all scorers as they beat Newcastle Eagles 85-72, with the Woodhaven, Michigan native pouring in 26 points including 5-10 (50%) three-pointers, while going perfect inside (3-3) and at the line (5-5). Lions were rapid out of the blocks as they dominated the first half, and Breen set the tone with 16 of her points coming in the first quarter. She added five rebounds, three assists and two steals to her performance.
Mara Marchizotti – Cardiff Met Archers
Cardiff’s Argentine international centre had made a number of bench appearances already this season, but is elevated to the starting five as her team picked up their first win of the campaign. She posted a big double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds in a 72-67 defeat of Manchester Met Mystics, as a consistent threat throughout a game in which no quarter was won by more than one shot.
Holly Winterburn – Leicester Riders
Winterburn is making her fourth appearance in just six weeks, leading all players. She has proven that she can do whatever her team needs from her to win, and in a big East Midlands derby triumph over Nottingham Wildcats that was scoring as she led Riders with 24 points. That included 7-8 (87%) at the free-throw line after drawing nine fouls as her opponents struggled to handle her, and a perfect 6-6 in the final three minutes as Riders turned around a late deficit. Winterburn added six rebounds, three steals and two assists.
Kennedy Leonard – BA London Lions
Lions’ young Scottish GB international was another big player in the victory over Newcastle, scoring 17 points and handing out eight assists to come close to a double-double. She made 7-7 free-throws with five of those, and eight of her points, coming in a fourth quarter to keep her team going as Lions struggled to score when Eagles made a late rally.
Robyn Lewis – Cardiff Met Archers
Another Scot making the team is Cardiff guard Robyn Lewis, who kept Archers ticking over while playing 30 minutes in their win over Mystics. She had 13 points, four rebounds, four assists and a steal, with zero turnovers in controlling the offence. She did her scoring when she needed to, with nine of those points coming in the fourth quarter to stave off any comeback from the visitors.
Off the bench: Chelsey Shumpert (Nottingham Wildcats), Alison Gorrell (Newcastle Eagles), Dominique Allen (Manchester Met Mystics), Hannah Shaw (Manchester Met Mystics), Kate Oliver (Leicester Riders), Jasmine Joyner (Nottingham Wildcats), Lisa Koop (Newcastle Eagles).