The first triple-double of the new campaign sees reigning Molten WBBL Player of the Season, Cat Carr, lead the All-Star 5 as she features in the team, amazingly, for the fifth consecutive week; joined by a near quadruple-double from one of London’s young British stars, along with a pair of Leicester Riders and a familiar face from last season who makes her first appearance this time around among numerous impressive two-way displays.
Cat Carr – Sevenoaks Suns
Carr had been close to a triple-double on numerous occasions already this season, and it eventually came on Saturday as Suns remained unbeaten in the WBBL Championship with a home win over Nottingham Wildcats. She played all 40 minutes and put up a game-high 22 points, along with 11 assists and 10 rebounds, to gain weekly honours for the fifth week in a row. Suns trailed for much of the first half, but she scored four points in a 6-0 tear to open the third period and then provided assists for a pair of Renee Busch three-pointers that put them in front for good, before herself hitting a pair of early fourth quarter triples that sent the lead through double-figures and settled the game.
Oceana Hamilton – Leicester Riders
Leicester’s Canadian centre makes her second All-Star 5 appearance of the season after another dominant performance as she anchored a Leicester defence that held Caledonia Pride to just six points in both the second and third quarters of a comprehensive win. Hamilton finished with a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds, while handing out four assists, with three steals and two blocks at the defensive end of the floor. Riders were actually behind in the first quarter, but a block from Hamilton was a big momentum play and sparked a 20-2 surge in which she scored six points, including the go-ahead basket, as they took a commanding double-figure lead into the halftime break.
Holly Winterburn – London Lions
London also remain unbeaten in the WBBL Championship, at 5-0, and young British star Holly Winterburn was close to an astonishing quadruple-double in their latest win over Cardiff Met Archers, to gain weekly recognition for the second time this season. She finished on 12 points, on 5-5 interior shooting, with 10 assists, nine steals and seven rebounds. Lions were dominant from the off as she scored eight of her points in the opening quarter, also handing out four of her assists in an irrepressible offensive start; but, equally as impressive, she had seven second half steals as Lions held their hosts to just 14 points in those final 20 minutes.
Hannah Robb – Leicester Riders
Appearing in the weekly team for the first time in this campaign, Hannah Robb was also impressive at both ends of the floor in Leicester’s win on Saturday, finishing with 16 points and eight assists, along with six steals and four rebounds. Like her teammate above, she was all-action in that decisive second stanza run as she made a big momentum ‘and-one’ play that got Leicester to within one point, and then provided the assist for Hamilton to put them in front for good, among six points, three assists and two steals in that period.
DeAngelique Waithe – Essex Rebels
A regular in last season’s All-Star 5, Essex forward DeAngelique Waithe makes her first appearance of this campaign after Rebels picked up a first win in the WBBL Championship by putting a century on Manchester Met Mystics. Waithe scored 18 of those points on a very efficient 7-10 (70%) interior shooting and a perfect 4-4 from the line, grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out three assists, all in just 21 minutes of action. Rebels got off to a rapid 11-2 start in which she scored four points and grabbed three rebounds in the opening few minutes as they led comfortably from tip-to-buzzer, and the lead went through 20 in the third quarter when she scored another four in a 6-0 burst.
Off the bench: Judit Fritz (Sevenoaks Suns), Sian Phillips (Caledonia Pride), Megan Haines (Essex Rebels), Kennedy Nicholas (Nottingham Wildcats), Brooklyn Pannell (Nottingham Wildcats), Elle Hendershot (Durham Palatinates), Ebony Horton (Newcastle Eagles).