FocusHoops WNBL1 Team of the Week (December 2/3)

There were six games in D1W this past weekend, getting December off to a bang.

As a writer, commentator, podcaster and more, FocusHoops's Darren Paul was on hand to look through all the action to select his latest choices for Player and Team of the Week.

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How it works   

Darren will pick a Player of the Week and four other selections to round out his Team of the Week, paying attention to the following criteria: 

  • Efficiency   
  • Stats   
  • Team and opposition strength   
  • Periods of influence in the game  
  • Being on a winning team (exceptional performances from players on losing teams will be considered for TOTW) 

The FocusHoops Team of the Week 

Harriet Welham - Endeavour Ipswich Basketball, guard


Harriet Welham was a force to be reckoned with this weekend as she came away with a monster 33-19 double-double on 50% shooting and going 8/9 from the stripe.

Welham found teammates with four assists, nabbed three steals, and didn’t commit a single foul in another impressive outing for Ipswich’s captain.

Veronica Iweanya - Bristol Academy Flyers, forward


Veronica Iweanya had a fine performance this weekend, leading Bristol to a big road victory with a 15-17 double-double against CoB Rockets.

Iweanya went an impressive 7/12 from the floor and pulled down seven offensive boards on her way to 17 total.

With one block, one steal and three assists, Iweanya did a little bit of everything for her side in front of the NBL Live cameras.

Judit Fritz - Brent Bulls, guard


Judit Fritz finished Sunday’s win over Loughborough with an eye watering +/- of +52, thanks in no small part to her 25 points on 55% shooting.

Fritz contributed seven rebounds (five offensive), four assists and two steals without committing a single foul or turnover in 37 minutes of play, an incredible display of discipline from the former Sevenoaks Suns star.

Jess Davies - Brent Bulls, guard


Jess Davies pulled down a staggering 28 rebounds, 20 defensive, in Brent’s dominant home win over Loughborough on Sunday.

Davies had 10 points in a near triple-double outing that saw her dish seven dimes in her 33 minutes of floor time.

Despite battling in the paint for so long, Davies didn’t commit a single foul, capping another disciplined display by a Bulls standout.

Lindsey Cleary - Reading Rockets, guard


Lindsey Cleary brought Reading back to winning ways with a bang, scoring a 19-16 double-double to edge out ARU 68-66.

Cleary netted a crucial layup with just over a minute to go as Ruskin tried to complete a valiant comeback, helping to secure a vital victory and end the Rockets' four-game losing streak.

Cleary shot efficiently, hitting  50% from the field, whilst battling hard on both boards and swiped three steals.

Team basketball 

Reading Roar Back against ARU

Reading Rockets snapped their four-game losing skid with a last-gasp victory over familiar foe Anglia Ruskin.

Reading were led by a 19-16 double-double from Lindsey Cleary, back and fully healed from an eye injury that limited the American to barely seven minutes of action in their loss to Bristol a few weeks ago.

Tejonah Mckay was the only other Rocket in double-digit points with 15, but it was Sante Moonie (7-8-1) who held her nerve and drained a pair of free throws with two seconds left to clinch the victory.

ARU were led by fine all-round performances from Courtney Gray (20-10-1) and a 14-9-4 showing from Kasia Neininger.

Brent Bulldoze loughborough

Brent Bulls rebounded from a tough weekend last time out to hand Loughborough Riders a 51-point defeat on Sunday.

With four scorers in double-digits, Brent never let up, with their best scoring performance coming in the final period.

On their way to the win they blanked the Riders completely in the second period (15-0) and restricted the visitors to single digit scoring in the first and fourth periods as well.

Judit Fritz was efficient in her scoring, bagging 25 points on 55% shooting but Jess Davies’ eye-watering 28 rebounds helped the hosts dominate the battle on the boards.

Vanessa Akra also came up big, closing with a 16-11 double-double for the Bulls.

Honourable mentions

Vanessa Akra (BRE) - 16P/11R/5A/23EFF

Christabel Osarobo (IPS) - 13P/8R/2A/18EFF

Courtney Gray (ARU) - 20P/10R/1A/20EFF


Main image credit - Endeavour Ipswich Basketball