Our weekly look back at the WBBL’s picks for best of the week.
Amber Stokes (Nottingham Wildcats)
The livewire Wildcats’ guard finds herself with a super seventh starting berth after leading her side to victory against Team Northumbria and Nottingham’s first ever WBBL Championship. Stokes was her typically influential self and tough to lock down for her opponents as she fired 24 points in addition to four rebounds and four steals on a memorable afternoon.
Steph Gandy (Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters)
The former Great Britain player may have spent a large chunk of the campaign injured on the sidelines, but Gandy is back in our fantastic five after producing the best performance valuation of the entire weekend. She could barely miss in the match-up with Barking Abbey Crusaders as she landed 20 points from a fabulous seven of nine shooting effort. She also added four steals and three assists.
Nicola Welling (Manchester Mystics)
It’s been a long season for Mystics who have been at the bottom of the table throughout, but Welling inspired a dramatic and thrilling one-point win at home to Cardiff Met Archers. It was her fantastic double-double of 14 points and 16 rebounds which re-ignited Manchester’s Play-Off dreams and handed her a debut All-Star Five starting slot.
Judit Fritz (Cardiff Met Archers)
While Cardiff were pipped by Mystics, the Hungarian forward made sure the Welsh side had started their weekend double header with a victory. Fritz was in sparkling form as she helped outlast Brixton Topcats with a stellar 28 points, which was achieved from a magnificent shooting effort after converting an eye-popping 68% from the floor.
Baendu Lowenthal (Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters)
The frontcourt powerhouse started the season in a rich vein of form and looks to be finishing it in the same way after she booked her seventh starting appearance of the campaign to become joint-leader with Stokes. She produced a typically majestic double-double for Hatters after harvesting a spectacular 22 points and 16 rebounds at Sevenoaks Suns.
Off the bench – Helen Naylor (Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters), Abigail Johnson (Barking Abbey Crusaders), Jenaya Wade-Fray (Brixton Topcats), Ashley Harris (Nottingham Wildcats), Sarah Wagstaff (Cardiff Met Archers), Martina Matejcikova (Manchester Mystics), Diana Voynova (Team Northumbria).