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WBBL All Star Five: Week 18

Our weekly look back at the WBBL’s picks for best of the week.

Georgia Jones (Leicester Riders)
The Great Britain guard enjoyed a hugely effective game against Brixton Topcats to lead her team to victory. Jones came up with the goods by landing a 20-point haul which was fuelled by some excellent perimeter shooting. She dropped four triples from just six attempts and also collected a very nice six rebounds, six assists and four steals in an all-action and MVP performance.

Dee Hayward (Leicester Riders)
It’s an all-Riders backcourt after Hayward played a similarly effective role for her team in the win against the Topcats. The Scottish guard top scored for Riders with an excellent 25 points and also found the hot-hand from distance after matching her teammate by also converting four three-pointers. She did the business on the glass too with eight rebounds, as well as having three assists and two steals.

Georgia Gayle (Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters)
With more appearances in our starting line-up than any of her teenage peers, it continues to be something of a breakthrough season for Gayle. She brings up an impressive fourth entry after cutting down Cardiff Met Archers with a rare double-double after racking up 17 points and also harvesting 10 rebounds. In an eye-catching afternoon of work, she complimented those headline numbers with four assists and two steals.

Baendu Lowenthal (Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters)
Yes, it’s a super sixth All Star starting spot of the campaign for Lowenthal, who posted a jaw-dropping and mind-boggling performance against Manchester. She finished the contest against Mystics with a monumental performance valuation of 47 after a dazzling double-double of 26pts from a wonderful 69% floor shooting and a breathtaking 25 boards. She also served up four assists, two blocks and two steals for good measure.

Ashley Harris (Nottingham Wildcats)
The Molten WBBL Player of the Month for March has already made some noise in April after she continued her stellar 2016 with another massive double-double. Harris was once again a handful under the hoop and amassed a typically powerful 25 points and 14 rebounds. She also came away with three steals and three blocked shots to clinch her sixth starting slot of the season and take Wildcats to within touching distance of a first WBBL title.

Off the bench – Helen Naylor (Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters), Melissa Diawakana (Nottingham Wildcats), Fiona O’Dwyer (Team Northumbria), Judit Fritz (Cardiff Met Archers), Stef Collins (Cardiff Met Archers), Martina Matejcikova (Manchester Mystics), Beatriz Royo-Torres (Sevenoaks Suns).

Source: WBBL
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