While the scorers often take the headlines through the season, it’s time to thrust those who impressed with their defensive skills into the limelight.
Levke Brodersen (Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters)
The German national team guard was instrumental in catapulting her team to BBL Cup success earlier in the campaign and has caught the eye with her composure and defensive play. As well as leading her team with assists by handing out more than 5 per game, Brodersen has also been busy locking down opponents
Jen Ashton (Leicester Riders)
In similar fashion, a former Hatters’ star in Ashton, has dished up more than 5 assists per game for Leicester. But, it hasn’t all been about her creativity, since the guard has also proven a defensive power with 2.2 steals per game to propel Riders to another impressive campaign – including Betty Codona WBBL Trophy success.
Ta’Yani Clark (Sevenoaks Suns)
The experienced Clark has been a centrepiece of Sevenoaks posting that historic unbeaten league campaign to defend their WBBL Championship crown. Clark was amazing with more than 5 assists per outing and also killing it on the glass and defensively with 8.3 boards. Nobody in the WBBL has more steals, with 3 per game
Jasmine Joyner (Nottingham Wildcats)
It has been a monstrous rookie WBBL campaign for Joyner, who has been a beast on the boards for Wildcats and a shot-blocking sensation. The forward topped the WBBL charts in both categories with a simply stunning 3.76 swats per outing and massive 15.33 boards per game to go with 17.6 points as well.
Luiana Livulo (Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters)
The Portuguese centre has dropped anchor in the paint at both ends of the floor for Hatters and is arguably the unsung hero of their success this season. Livulo has been a rock defensively in particular and averaged 10.2 points, 8.3 boards and 1.8 steals per game, not giving any opponent an easy night on offence.
Off the bench – Robyn Lewis (Cardiff Met Archers), Rheanne Bailey (Manchester Mystics), Ali Gorrell (Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters), Monika Bosilj (Durham Palatinates), Kate Oliver (Leicester Riders), Lavinia Da Silva (BA London Lions), Evelyn Ovner (Manchester Mystics).