WBBL 16-17 All Star 5: Week 2

It’s the second line-up of the new season and there’s strong Great Britain representation across out starting five and on the bench.

Alex Smith (Leicester Riders)
Smith becomes the first player to grab two appearances after also featuring in our first line-up of the new campaign. Continuing on from where she left off in her rookie season, she led Riders in a dominant performance against visiting newcomers Caledonia Pride. Smith netted 14 points from an excellent 66% from the floor and also dished up a majestic nine assists, only just falling short of a fine double-double.

Cat Carr (Sevenoaks Suns)
The free-scoring Carr had three reasons to celebrate after firstly taking Sevenoaks to a big win at Cardiff Met Archers, she also racked up a game-high 30 points and in the process, went crashing through the milestone of having scored 500 WBBL Championship points. And, if that wasn’t enough, she completed a double-double after plundering 10 rebounds in a typically influential display.

Jamila Thompson (Leicester Riders)
It was a classy opening to her WBBL career for the Great Britain forward as she recorded what was quite literally the perfect debut with the Riders. Thompson racked up a flawless eight of eight from the floor as her team accumulated that huge opening league win against Caledonia Pride. Her 16 points in the paint were accompanied by seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block.

Brittany Winborne (Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters)
Belatedly landing in Sheffield last week, the power forward wasted little time in announcing her arrival with a spectacular performance after amassing a stellar double-double on her WBBL debut. Winborne was too hot to handle for Wolves, as she tore them down with a brilliant and monstrous 22 points and 18 rebounds – numbers which suggest she could be a premier post player this season.

Christina Gaskin (Barking Abbey Crusaders)
The return of the centre to Barking has proven a masterstroke so far, with Gaskin showing her skills early at the Betty Codona Classic and then shining in her first league outing last weekend as she helped her team to grab a terrific road win at Mystics. She registered a fabulous and efficient double-double of 12 points and 15 rebounds – as well as garnering three assists, a steal and a block.

Off the bench – Ashley Harris (Nottingham Wildcats), Savannah Wilkinson (Barking Abbey Crusaders), Alison Gorrell (Team Northumbria), Stef Collins (Cardiff Met Archers), Kyla Nelson (Oaklands Wolves), Georgia Jones (Manchester Mystics), Georgia Gayle (Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters)

Source: WBBL
Image: Riders Women