WBBL All-Star Five – Week 3.

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).



Wildcats edge past Hatters.

Nottingham Wildcats have scored an important early season victory over fellow title contenders Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters, winning 87-85 on their home floor on Saturday. Read the rest of this entry »

U14s make it 3 from 3.

Nottingham Wildcats U14s travelled to local rivals Derby Trailblazers at the weekend for their third game of the season. Read the rest of this entry »

Wildcats down Team Northumbria on Opening Day.

Our opening league game away to Team Northumbria, one of our title rivals, was always going to be a tough test! So coming away with a very valuable 66-72 win on the road, this early in the season while not performing at our expected level, is a great result for us.  Read the rest of this entry »

Tough Cup loss for Wildcats U18s.

Sunday the 9th October saw the U18 Wildcats take the court, in their first home game of the season. It was facing Newcastle Eagles in the National Cup. Read the rest of this entry »

Wildcats retain Betty Codona Classic.


Nottingham Wildcats are the Betty Codona Classic Cup champions once again after they produced a rampant 86-59 Final success against Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters to keep their coveted silverware in the cabinet.



To make the win even sweeter, Wildcats completed the success as hosts of the competition, making it the third win from the four editions of this classic event. Head coach Dave Greenaway and his side showcased their depth and power as they strode past short-handed Hatters who will have their numbers replenished this week.

Always on top from the buzzer, Wildcats moved into a first quarter lead of 21-14 and then pushed their foot to the accelerator in a brutal second period when they effectively raced out of sight with a 17 points half-time advantage.

It was a similar story after the interval as they continued to run riot and extend their lead thanks to an array of eye-catching displays. Centre Ashley Harris excelled with 20 points, nine rebounds and five assists, while Croatia national team player Kristina Benic added a smart 10 points, six assists and five steals.

One of the Wildcats new additions, Vanessa Da Silva – who made a summer switch from Brixton Topcats – is determined to continue her development and play a role in helping the Wildcats to continued success this season.

“It’s been a great experience so far,” she enthused. “I’ve been here two weeks and won a trophy already so I’m very excited about the season ahead and I’m looking forward to it.

It’s a new team, a new experience and I’m just trying to improve on my game and help push the Wildcats. I’d say my defence is the strongest asset of my game so I’m bringing my defence and my rebounding and the offence will come. We are still a new team and we are gelling. We executed, played as a team and really fought for it and the end result shows.”

The Wildcats will also be glad to get back to winning silverware having ended the 2015-16 season on a low note with a Molten WBBL Play-Off Final loss to Team Northumbria at The 02.


Team Name 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final Score
Nottingham Wildcats. 21 24 23 18 86
Sheffield Hatters. 14 14 12 19 59


Nottingham Wildcats. Points Scored Sheffield Hatters. Points Scored
Ashley Harris. 20 N. Campbell. 13
Lauren Hebert. 17 J. Lowry. 13
Siobhan Prior. 13 S. Gandy. 10



Courtsey of Paul Nilsen – WBBL. 

Photograph from Ville Vuorinen.







Wildcats U18s Triumphant at Stockport.

Saturday the 1st October saw the Nottingham Wildcats U18s travel to Stockport in their first game of the season. Read the rest of this entry »


Nottingham Wildcats and Barking Abbey contested the first game of the Betty Codona Classic in what was also the first game of the 2016-17 WBBL season. In a closely contested game the Wildcats eventually came out on top, thanks to strong fourth quarter. Read the rest of this entry »

Greenaway extends stay with Wildcats

Nottingham Wildcats are returning another member of their historic title winning team after confirming that guard Lisa Greenaway is back on board for the forthcoming defence of their WBBL Championship.

Greenaway is delighted to be re-signing for 2016-17 and declared, “It’s so exciting to be part of a league that each year, gets better and better, as all teams push one another in pursuit of success.

“I’m sure this year will be no different and it will be really interesting to see how we cope with the challenges ahead of us, whilst continuing to build on the progress we made that resulted in the successes of last season.

“It’s great that we have so many returning players this year who contributed to those wins, especially as we are defending two pieces of silverware.

“That being said, there is no doubt that the last game of our season was a disappointing note to end on [losing against Team Northumbria in the Molten WBBL Play-Off Final], but as a club it’s made us more determined and I’m sure our new team mates are up for the roller coaster ride the 2016-17 season will no doubt be!”

With his roster set, head coach Dave Greenaway is relieved that continuity will be a big factor now the likes of his namesake have returned.

He stated, “Having Lisa back with us this season is great testament to the club, as we have been able to retain the core group of British players from last season.

“Lisa’s commitment and contribution over the past years have been of great value to us as a team and she has been an integral part in the long journey that brought us our first league success last season.”

Next weekend, Greenaway and his team will defend their Betty Codona Classic on their home floor at the Nottingham Wildcats Arena. Click here for more details and for tickets.

Wildcats deliver coup with Croatian ace Benic

Nottingham Wildcats have pulled off a major coup with the addition of Croatia national team wing Kristina Benic, who has experience not only at the international level, but in some of the best competitions in Europe. Read the rest of this entry »

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