FocusHoops WNBL1 Team of the Week (December 9/10)

The penultimate weekend of D1W's 2023 was an exciting one, with no shortage of top performances.

As a writer, commentator, podcaster and more, FocusHoops's Darren Paul was able to look across six games for the best performances to award his Player and Team of the Week honours.

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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 

Lindsey Cleary - Reading Rockets, guard


Cleary’s 23-14 double-double was achieved on 71% shooting, including 1-1 from three and pulling down an even seven rebounds on both ends of the floor.

Cleary found teammates for three dimes, and took away one steal in Reading’s big home victory over Manchester.

Add it all together and it made for a great Player of the Week performance.

Alicia Guerra-Rainford - Reading Rockets, guard


Making her debut off the Reading bench, Guerra-Rainford bagged 23 points in 21 minutes on 66% shooting in the 83-50 win over Manchester.

Guerra-Rainford drained four triples in a brilliant opening D1W performance, which also saw her grab three boards and find teammates for three assists.

Liv Forster - Endeavour Ipswich Basketball, guard


Forster put in a fine scoring performance for Ipswich, dropping 23 points on 42% shooting.

The talented guard also pulled down eight boards, a joint second-high for her side, and dished a team-high six assists.

Forster didn’t commit a single turnover and took away four steals against Bristol on the road, quite the effort at both ends of the court.

Harriet Welham - Endeavour Ipswich Basketball, guard


Welham bagged 19 points in Ipswich’s win over Bristol, going a perfect 10-10 from the stripe, while leading the team with 13 rebounds, all defensive.

Welham finished with five assists and three stops (one steal and two blocks) in another productive display.

Helene Trailin - Thames Valley Cavaliers, forward


Trailin dominated the glass to the tune of 20 rebounds, 13 defensive, in TVC’s hard fought win over Brent.

The TVC forward finished with 15 points, one dime and one steal in her 33 minutes of action as the Cavs enjoyed a statement win in their quest to rise up the D1W standings.

Team basketball 

Kestrels off the mark

A 22-9 fourth period saw Solent overcome an 11-point deficit and claim their first win of the season, thanks to Earleesha Jackson’s last gasp lay-up to clinch the game 66-64.

Solent were led in scoring by Tilly Goddard, who had 16 points off the bench, and the hosts also enjoyed double-double performances from Gabriela Kostova-Dobrova (13pts, 13reb) and WEABL standout Fernanda Loberto (12pts, 10reb).

This was a huge win for Solent and could kick start their season when they return from the mid-season break in 2024. 

TVC's hot start enough to hold off bulls

TVC took down the spirited Brent Bulls in a high-scoring thriller this weekend thanks to a strong start and strong finish to the contest.

TVC had four scorers in double-digits, with Kat Goldsby leading the charge with 20 points. Helene Trailin and Katie Richards both bagged 15 points with Dominique Mpesa adding 11 more.

Trailin dominated the glass with 20 rebounds, a weekend-high across D1W, whilst Jess Davies and Judit Fritz led the way for Brent once again, with 20 and 22 points respectively.

Honourable mentions

Judit Fritz (BRE) - 22P/4R/4A/24EFF

Glory Kabia (CoLA) - 19P/6R/4A/21EFF

Gabriela Kostova-Dobrova (TSK) - 12P/13R/1A/20EFF


Main image credit - Luke Simcock