The WBBL today announced its first All-Star 5 line-up of the brand new 2016-17 season. Check out who impressed in the opening week.
Georgia Jones (Manchester Mystics)
The Great Britain guard didn’t waste any time in reiterating her class on her first competitive game back at the club where it all started. The playmaker helped to torch Sevenoaks Suns with a typically impressive and influential line of 23 points, six rebounds, six assists and five steals which catapulted her team into the Plate Final.
Alex Smith (Leicester Riders)
The American guard shared the backcourt with Jones last season and she also highlighted her skills and all-around importance for Riders to propel them to victory in the Plate Final against her former colleague. Smith finished the contest against Mystics with an excellent 16 points, seven assists, six rebounds and two steals.
Alison Gorrell (Team Northumbria)
Touted to be a force for one of the anticipated title front-runners, Gorrell put in a couple of big displays at the Wildcats’ Arena. Having had the disappointment of losing to Hatters in the Cup Semi-Final, she helped her team bounce back to take third place with a monumental 34 point haul in Sunday’s game against Barking Abbey Crusaders.
Steph Gandy (Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters)
Short-handed and without three potential starters, it needed something special to lift Hatters past Team Northumbria in the BCC Cup Semi-Final and the former MVP of the WBBL stepped up to provide it. Gandy finished the game with 24 points after using her experience and class to shoot a scorching 68% from the floor.
Ashley Harris (Nottingham Wildcats)
Having opened up her account for the season with a low key contribution in the Semi-Final against Crusaders, Harris showed why she was an MVP contender last season with a fantastic display against Hatters to underpin their third Betty Codona Classic title. She reiterated her status as one of the WBBL’s leading lights with a fine 20 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four blocks.
Off the bench – Savannah Wilkinson (Barking Abbey Crusaders), Lauren Hebert (Nottingham Wildcats), Rheanne Bailey (Manchester Mystics), Cat Carr (Sevenoaks Suns), Judit Fritz (Cardiff Met Archers), Kyla Nelson (Oaklands Wolves), Hannah Robb (Caledonia Pride).