Our weekly look back at the WBBL’s picks for best of the week.
Alex Smith (Leicester Riders)
It’s a fourth appearance in our fabulous five for the Riders’ guard after she was the main architect of a vital win against Cardiff Met Archers. Smith plundered 17 points after sinking a flurry of scores from downtown. She also did a stunning job on the glass by wrapping up a double-double after harvesting a season-high 12 rebounds, as well as handing out three assists.
Helen Naylor (Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters)
After a relatively quiet couple of weeks, Naylor was back to her dazzling best as Hatters mauled Sevenoaks Suns. The Great Britain wing poured in a massive 34 points and did so with a superb return of 65% from the floor in a great shooting performance. She also added four rebounds and four assists, to help Hatters maintain the pressure on leaders Nottingham.
Abigail Johnson (Barking Abbey Crusaders)
One of the best rebounders in the league and now showing her true potential having shrugged off injuries in the past, the UK rising star was sensational for Crusaders in their win against Manchester Mystics. The teenager gets a debut starting slot after she finished with a stellar double-double and WBBL career best of 19 points and 17 rebounds – also swatting three shots for good measure.
Baendu Lowenthal (Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters)
Having already posted the joint-best performance of the entire season, Lowenthal can also now claim to having the next best performance efficiency valuation [of 34] after a brilliant display against Sevenoaks which was the best of the weekend. The frontcourt star finished with a monstrous 22 point and 18 rebound double-double from an eye-popping 83% shooting effort.
Hannah Shaw (Nottingham Wildcats)
Our second debutante finds herself with a maiden starting berth off the back of a flawless shooting display for Wildcats in their win against Brixton Topcats. Shaw finished with a sublime seven of seven from the field on her way to a 15-point haul, which was complimented by five rebounds, a block and a steal, as her side maintained their unbeaten league record.
Off the bench – Dee Hayward (Leicester Riders), Tereza Brantlova (Barking Abbey Crusaders), Nicola Welling (Manchester Mystics), Sarah Wagstaff (Cardiff Met Archers), Cat Carr (Sevenoaks Suns), Megan Haines (Brixton Topcats), Beatriz Royo-Torres (Sevenoaks Suns).