We present the Molten WBBL All-Defensive Team for 2017-18 as voted for by all WBBL clubs.
Nicolette Fong Lyew Quee (Durham Palatinates)
Landing the Molten Player of the Month for April after some spectacular displays, it reiterated what a fine season Fong Lyew Quee has had with Durham. As well as her scoring and creative ability, the guard impressed opponents with her defensive lockdown qualities – helped by her impressive quickness.
Jen Ashton (Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters)
Already included in the Molten WBBL All-British Team, this is now further recognition for Ashton – something which clearly highlights what a great rookie campaign she has had in the league. She handed out more assists than anyone, but then also did the job defensively for Hatters by leading the WBBL in steals.
Alyesha Lovett (Nottingham Wildcats)
Another player in her maiden WBBL campaign, the Wildcats’ forward has provided some glue and defensive power in what has been an up and down year for the former defending champions. Lovett was instrumental in helping Nottingham win the BBL Cup for the first time and was third in league steals.
Jamila Thompson (Leicester Riders)
It has been their best season since becoming a WBBL franchise and for the Betty Codona WBBL Trophy winners and WBBL Championship runners-up, the defensive work of Thompson has been key. Her athleticism in particular has been essential for Riders and supported by two steals and a block per game.
Tricia Oakes (Caledonia Pride)
As Pride made history by celebrating a first ever Play-Offs spot, much of that success was down to the work of Oakes. A towering defender and imposing presence, she was a WBBL top five shot blocker and defensive rebounder. Therefore it would be hard to envisage Caledonia in the Quarter-Finals without their star centre.
Off the bench – Dom Allen (Manchester Mystics), Deanne Hayward (Leicester Riders), Alison Gorrell (Team Northumbria), Chantelle Pressley (Sevenoaks Suns), Cierra Ceazer (Durham Palatinates), Ashley Harris (Nottingham Wildcats), Stef Collins (Cardiff Met Archers).