It’s our third line-up of the new season and it includes a trio of Brits, as well as a historic first ever spot for a player from Oaklands Wolves. Wildcats’ Ashley Harris is back in the lineup, after just missing out last week, despite a 24pt haul against joint title favourites Team Northumbria.
Georgia Jones (Manchester Mystics)
Ever since her move back home to Manchester, the Great Britain guard has been showing her class and she picks up her second appearance in these first three weeks. Jones was the main architect of Mystics collecting a WBBL Championship victory at Wolves, as they secured a weekend win double. She scored her highest ever tally as a WBBL player after amassing a stellar 30 points, including five scores from behind the arc. For good measure, she also added four assists and three rebounds.
Annamaria Nagy (Oaklands Wolves)
It was a historic weekend for one of the WBBL’s newest franchises as they recorded their first ever victory as a WBBL club with a dramatic and joyous WBBL Cup success at Cardiff Met Archers. There were an array of excellent performances and it is the Hungarian guard who takes the honour of being her team’s first ever-weekly Al-Star. She finished the clash with 16 points, including a trio of big three-pointers as she also registered an impressive five rebounds and three assists.
Holly Winterburn (Leicester Riders)
Having made a name for herself on the international stage with England at the FIBA U16 European Women’s Championship Division B, Winterburn is now looking to do the same in the WBBL. Having played last season, it looks like her influence at Riders is set to grow during 2016-17. She cemented a place in our fab five thanks to 19 points in a tremendous shooting effort against Sevenoaks, which saw her make an eye-popping 80% from the floor and also hand out four assists.
Abigail Johnson (Barking Abbey Crusaders)
It’s a debut appearance this season for the frontcourt star who missed the Betty Codona Classic, but has since come back to make some noise under the hoop for Barking. Currently celebrating her call-up to the Great Britain senior squad, Johnson helped her team to roar past Archers with a smart five of six from the floor en-route to 12 points. She also did the business on the glass with a wonderful 15 rebounds, which sealed a superb double-double.
Ashley Harris (Nottingham Wildcats)
Once again underlining her status as one of the premier WBBL performers, the centre was in fine form for Wildcats as they won an intense battle against fellow title challengers and arch rivals, Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters. Harris grabbed her second spot of the campaign in our starting five by producing the best performance of the week after corralling a mammoth 34 points, including a perfect 15 of 15 from the free-throw line. She also mustered seven rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Off the bench – Kata Fulop (Oaklands Wolves), Jo Clayden (Manchester Mystics), Steph Gandy (Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters), Judit Fritz (Cardiff Met Archers), Tricia Oakes (Caledonia Pride), Naomi Turner (Oaklands Wolves), Cat Carr (Sevenoaks Suns).