TUBPodcast Awards – WBBL Team of the Year 2017-18

The 2017-18 regular season is in the books and with the Play-Offs on the horizon, it’s time to take a look back and honour those who impressed throughout the year.

Starting Five:

Cat Carr – Sevenoaks Suns (19-1)

G 20 – FG 43% – 3PT 32% – FT 82% – RPG 5.95 – APG 5.8 – SPG 1.4 – BPG 0.05 – TOPG 2 – PPG 15.3

The dynamic wing led from the front as Sevenoaks Suns claimed their first Championship title. Able to affect all facets of the game, Carr achieved the rare feat of averaging over 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists across all of the Suns’ 20 Championship fixtures.

Honours:

  • Championship

Dee Hayward – Leicester Riders (19-1)

G 20 – FG 50% – 3PT 50% – FT 88% – RPG 3.75 – APG 2.9 – SPG 1.85 – BPG 0.2 – TOPG 1.89 – PPG 15.2

Always a consistent performer, the Scottish guard took her game to new heights this season – netting career highs in points per game, field goal percentage and three point percentage. Hayward’s offensive efficiency was incredible, missing out on 50-50-90 campaign by just a couple of errant free throws.

Honours:

  • Trophy
  • Player of the Month x 1

Ashley Harris – Nottingham Wildcats (12-8)

G 16 – FG 51% – 3PT 40% – FT 76% – RPG 11.69 – APG 1.63 – SPG 2.03 – BPG 1.44 – TOPG 2.44 – PPG 22.44

The Wildcats forward put together another MVP worthy season, guiding Nottingham to Cup Final success. Harris once again showcased her diverse offensive repertoire and intimidating defence, on the way to racking up the individual honours.

Honours:

  • Cup Winner
  • Cup Final MVP
  • Player of the Month x 1
  • Points Leader
  • Rebounds Leader

Chantelle Pressley – Sevenoaks Suns (19-1)

G 20 – FG 45% – 3PT 33% – FT 81% – RPG 6.5 – APG 1.5 – SPG 1.9 – BPG 0.35 – TOPG 1 – PPG 12.35

A Championship and Commonwealth Games silver medal, the Suns forward has enjoyed a remarkable 2017-18. A scoring threat inside or beyond the arc, Pressley’s athleticism and work rate made her a nightmare matchup for the opposition. At nearly 7 rebounds and 2 steals a game, the England international did her work on both ends of the court.

Honours:

  • Championship

Helen Naylor – Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters (14-6)

G 18 – FG 47% – 3PT 44% – FT 86% – RPG 3.83 – APG 2.78 – SPG 0.78 – BPG 0.38 – TOPG 1.78 – PPG 16.38

One of the most lethal scorers in the league, Naylor poured in her 16 points a game at an extremely efficient rate – 47-44-86. The reliable forward provided a constant source of offence, pouring in 20 points or more on 7 separate occasions.

Bench:

Sixth Man:

Jamila Thompson – Leicester Riders (19-1)

G 20 – FG 47% – 3PT N/A – FT 69% – RPG 8.1 – APG 4.15 – SPG 1.9 – BPG 1.05 – TOPG 2.6 – PPG 7.05

Thought by many to be the best passing forward in the league, Thompson did a little bit of everything for the Trophy winners. Efficient inside, capable of running the offence through the high post and a terrific rim protector, Thompson proved an x-factor for Leicester.

Honours:

  • Trophy

Ta’yani Clark (Sevenoaks Suns), Steph Gandy (Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters), Alison Gorrell (Team Northumbria), Georgia Jones (Manchester Mystics), Rosanna Reynolds (Caledonia Pride), Merissa Quick (Cardiff Met Archers).

Note: We only considered players on teams that made the Play-Offs and selections were based solely on the games viewed by our staff.

Sixth Man is not an individual award, but denotes a player that was considered to be worthy of place in the Starting Five.

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