WBBL Team of the Year 2016

It’s been an incredible regular season, with many team and individual standout performances. With all eyes now on the post-season, we’ve selected our WBBL squad of the season and it was no easy task! Admittedly, we’ve taken somewhat of a creative licence: selecting only 1 traditional guard and we’ve included an 8-strong bench. Cheating? Yes, a little, but it’s our list…

While we wait on the league to announce their picks for the official Team of the Year, here’s our choices for the players who’ve left us impressed. We only considered players on teams who made the playoffs.

G Amber Stokes [Nottingham Wildcats]

Stokes led the Wildcats attack from the front, terrorising the opposition on both ends of the floor. The dynamic guard poured in 16 points per game, shooting almost 50% from 2Pt range and 40% from beyond the arc. To further demonstrate her all-around impact, Stokes pulled down 4 rebounds per game, added 2 steals and contributed 66 assists throughout the year.

Season Statistics
FG 2PT 3PT FT Rebounds
M MIN FGM-A FG% 2PM-A 2P% 3PM-A 3P% FTM-A FT% OFF DEF STL BLK TO PF PTS
Season 16 482:38 102 – 214 47.7 93 – 191 48.7 9 – 23 39.1 46 – 60 76.7 1.1 4.0 2.0 0.1 2.4 2.3 16.2

F Fiona O’Dwyer [Team Northumbria]

Team Northumbria enjoyed their best regular season in recent memory, finishing 2nd in the league with a record of 13-3, due in no small part to the consistency of O’Dwyer’s play. The dependable O’Dwyer played heavy minutes (32 per game), scoring less than 10 points in only 2 of her 16 games. The forward notched 5 double-doubles on route to averaging 14 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.

Season Statistics
FG 2PT 3PT FT Rebounds
M MIN FGM-A FG% 2PM-A 2P% 3PM-A 3P% FTM-A FT% OFF DEF STL BLK TO PF PTS
Season 16 512:32 95 – 213 44.6 92 – 204 45.1 3 – 9 33.3 38 – 50 76.0 2.3 7.0 1.4 0.4 2.4 1.8 14.8

F Ashley Harris [Nottingham Wildcats]

The Wildcats big has been outstanding all season, amassing multiple Player of the Month awards and earning a seemingly weekly spot on the All Star 5. Harris has been central to Nottingham’s maiden WBBL title and second Betty Codona Classic Cup title. A walking double-double, Harris’ points came at an eye-catching efficiency.

Season Statistics
FG 2PT 3PT FT Rebounds
M MIN FGM-A FG% 2PM-A 2P% 3PM-A 3P% FTM-A FT% OFF DEF STL BLK TO PF PTS
Season 16 422:50 100 – 193 51.8 87 – 154 56.5 13 – 39 33.3 46 – 67 68.7 2.3 8.2 1.2 1.3 3.3 3.1 16.2

F Helen Naylor [Sheffield Hatters]

Naylor’s consistent excellence helped Sheffield maintain their status as one of the league’s elite teams. Averaging 19 points per game, the forward scored in double-digits in all 16 league games. The GB international further added to her collection of honours, this year, earning Player of the Month in January and WBBL Trophy final MVP after she led Hatters to a successful defence of their coveted silverware.

Season Statistics
FG 2PT 3PT FT Rebounds
M MIN FGM-A FG% 2PM-A 2P% 3PM-A 3P% FTM-A FT% OFF DEF STL BLK TO PF PTS
Season 16 515:56 113 – 248 45.6 93 – 188 49.5 20 – 60 33.3 63 – 78 80.8 1.8 2.4 0.9 0.3 3.1 1.5 19.3

F Baendu Lowenthal [Sheffield Hatters]

Lowenthal dominated the paint this year, on both ends of the floor: scoring an impressive 15 points a game with an efficiency of 60.7% from 2pt range, and collecting 11.6 rebounds. The Hatters forward was crowned the Molten WBBL Player of the Month for December, after a blistering debut at opening weekend in Loughborough (22/19). The first year player racked up 8 double-doubles, including huge performances against Sevenoaks (22/18) and Manchester (26/25).

Season Statistics
FG 2PT 3PT FT Rebounds
M MIN FGM-A FG% 2PM-A 2P% 3PM-A 3P% FTM-A FT% OFF DEF STL BLK TO PF PTS
Season 16 449:05 105 – 178 59.0 102 – 168 60.7 3 – 10 30.0 31 – 57 54.4 4.5 7.1 1.0 0.8 2.3 2.8 15.3

Coach: Dave Greenaway [Nottingham Wildcats]

Bench: Catherine Carr [Sevenoaks Suns], Beatriz Royo Torres [Sevenoaks Suns], Stephanie Gandy [Sheffield Hatters], Siobhan Prior [Nottingham Wildcats], Jenaya Wade-Fray [Brixton Topcats], Georgia Jones [Leicester Riders], Savannah Wilkinson [Barking Abbey Crusaders], Judit Fritz [Cardiff Met Archers]

Who makes your team? Let us know!

Image: WBBL