The WBBL Championship season started on Saturday with five teams in action over the weekend, and the first WBBL All-Star Five of the new campaign is comprised of some very familiar faces with all of the starters being veterans of the league and their clubs, paced by a pair of Sevenoaks Suns.
Cat Carr – Sevenoaks Suns
Carr makes her second consecutive appearance after picking up where she left off in the WBBL Cup, leading all-scorers as Suns were rampant on the road at Newcastle Eagles. She scored 22 points on 60% shooting from the field, adding eight assists and five rebounds. That included 14 points and six assists by the half, as Suns established an early double-digit lead that they never looked back from.
Ta’Yani Clark – Sevenoaks Suns
Clark put in an equally impressive performance in the same game, scoring 14 points on just eight field goal attempts, and coming close to a triple-double with nine rebounds and six assists. It was an impressive defensive display from Sevenoaks, and Clark set the tone with three steals, as seven of her boards also came at the defensive end.
Jasmine Joyner – Nottingham Wildcats
The league’s leading scorer and rebounder through the WBBL Cup so far didn’t disappoint in her first Championship game of the season, as Wildcats overcame Cardiff Met Archers. In just 26 minutes, Joyner posted 17 points and eight rebounds, adding three assists and two steals to her performance, for a third All-Star 5 appearance already this season. She scored 10 of her points in a second quarter that Wildcats dominated to set up the win.
Georgia Jones – Manchester Met Mystics
A first victory in all competitions for Mystics means a first appearance for any of their players in the All-Star 5, led by captain Georgia Jones. She played 38 minutes as they dispatched of Newcastle, scoring 28 points, and adding six rebounds, five assists and three steals. That included a five-point burst in 30 first quarter seconds to establish a double-digit lead early on, as Mystics never trailed.
Dominique Allen – Manchester Met Mystics
Jones is joined in the team by her GB international running mate Dominique Allen, who makes the All-Star 5 with the fewest shot attempts of any player so far this season, making both of her shots in the game for four points in 22 minutes. Her impact was felt at the defensive end, where Mystics held their visitors to just 14 points in the entire second half, as Allen grabbed five of her nine defensive rebounds in the third quarter and also blocked a shot to set the tone coming out of the break.
Off the bench: Alison Gorrell (Newcastle Eagles), Shaniya Rose (Nottingham Wildcats), Helen Naylor (Manchester Met Mystics), Moa Lundqvist (Nottingham Wildcats), Lisa Koop (Newcastle Eagles), Julia Koppl (Sevenoaks Suns), Mara Marchizotti (Cardiff Met Archers).