The WBBL returned after the international break with a Super Saturday of four games, with the lates All-Star 5 led by a pair of Essex Rebels as they continued their excellent run of form with a fifth straight win seeing them climb to fifth in the WBBL Championship table.
Sune Swart – Essex Rebels
Rebels beat Oaklands Wolves on the road for a fifth straight win leading to Sune Swart making her third All-Star 5 appearance in the last five weeks as she joins three other players at the top of the overall appearances chart. Swart is fourth in rebounding and second in field goal percentage in the WBBL, and finished this game with a huge double-double of 27 points and 13 boards, in just 23 minutes, as she shot 12-16 (75%) from the field and also handed out four assists. Rebels broke away from their hosts with a 33-17 third quarter, a spell during which Swart had nine points, four rebounds and two assists.
Daniella Turner – Essex Rebels
American point guard Daniella Turner pulled the strings for Rebels in that game to gain weekly honours for the second consecutive week amidst the team’s good run of form. Against Oaklands, she poured in 22 points on 7-8 (87%) interior shooting, handing out nine assists for her teammates along with four steals and three rebounds, with 11 of her points coming in that decisive third quarter as her early triple was a spark for the key run.
Janice Monakana – Sevenoaks Suns
Also at the top of the overall appearances chart, Great Britain international forward Janice Monakana makes the All-Star 5 for the third time as Sevenoaks Suns returned to winning ways in league play by prevailing through overtime to beat Cardiff Met Archers at home. She scored 28 points, knocking down 4-8 (50%) from the three-point line, with nine rebounds, three assists and two steals, including four points and the go-ahead score in the extra period, having hit the three-pointer that forced overtime inside the final 30 seconds of regulation.
Maggie Justinak – Newcastle Eagles
Newcastle are up into the Play-off places after back-to-back wins, with Maggie Justinak being another player who makes the All-Star 5 for the second week in a row after they beat Manchester Met Mystics on the road. She was a perfect 3-3 from three-point range on her way to 21 points, shooting 8-11 (72%) overall, with five rebounds, three assists and two steals, with a quickfire eight points in under a minute and a half in the first quarter as Eagles took an early lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.
Antoinette Lewis – Newcastle Eagles
American big Antoinette Lewis has been a good performer for Eagles all season as the league’s fifth leading scorer and third best rebounder, now making the All-Star 5 for the first time. In the road win in Manchester she scored 19 points on 9-13 (69%) interior shooting, while grabbing nine rebounds along with two assists and two steals. She leads the WBBL in offensive rebounds and had six in this game that led directly to eight second chance points, as she scored 17 first half points as Eagles built a double-figure lead by the halfway point.
Off the bench: Samantha Keltos (Manchester Met Mystics), Grace George (Oaklands Wolves), Lauren Saiki (Cardiff Met Archers), Isobel Bunyan (Cardiff Met Archers), Judit Fritz (Sevenoaks Suns), Cassidy Gould (Oaklands Wolves), Shaelynne Sanchez Czerniecki (Manchester Met Mystics).