FocusHoops WNBL1 Team of the Week (November 18/19)

D1W keeps on rolling, and another six games didn't disappoint last weekend.

As a writer, commentator, podcaster and more, FocusHoops's Darren Paul had more than a few top-tier performances to look over, as he composed his Player and Team of the Week choices.

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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 

Mara Marchizotti - Bristol Academy Flyers, forward


Marchizotti claims Player of the Week honours with a very efficient 17 points, on 8/10 shooting, to help topple Reading on the road.

Her ruthless efficiency in scoring came mainly in the second and third periods, when Bristol took control of the game.

The Flyers' forward also pulled down a team-high seven boards, and blocked one shot in a +23 performance.

Adaora Dioramma - CoLA Southwark Pride, forward


Dioramma dominated the glass against the CoB Rockets, coming off the bench this weekend for CoLA Southwark Pride.

She pulled down eight offensive boards and nine defensive, whilst also contributing three steals and a block in a well-rounded game.

Dioramma scored 13 points, nine of which came in the first half, as CoLA built their advantage.

Kat Goldsby - Thames Valley Cavaliers, guard


Goldsby led the way for her TVC side as they took on Solent at home this weekend.

She finished the game with 19 points, going an impressive 8/10 from the stripe as her offensive tenacity drew seven fouls.

The versatile guard finished with a near triple-double, nabbing seven steals and finding teammates with eight assists in her 30 minutes of action.

Harriet Welham - Endeavour Ipswich Basketball, guard


An important double-double from Welham helped Ipswich secure the win over Brent this weekend.

She bagged 17 points, including two triples, and netted her only free throw whilst also leading her side in defensive boards with 12.

Ipswich's leader also picked the passing lanes to finish with five steals, only committing a single turnover in return.

Hannah Wallace - Bristol Academy Flyers, guard


Wallace bagged 17 points on 63% shooting against Reading on the road this weekend.

Hitting 2/3 from outside, she was joint-top scorer for her side in the matchup, and also took down three rebounds and made four assists.

Wallace finished with six stops, with five steals and a block helping secure another important win for her side.

Team basketball 

Riders survive ARU fightback

Loughborough Riders took an important away win from the Stephen Perse Foundation gym on Saturday with a 79-72 win over Anglia Ruskin.

A big first period set up the visitors for victory and despite Ruskin battling back, the Riders had done enough early to trade with Ruskin and take the win.

The Riders were led by Daisy Porter’s 14 points, going 8/10 from the stripe, which set the tone as Loughborough went 19/22 as a team.

Erin Caldwell is making herself well at home in Loughborough, as she had 13 points and Emma Dunsire also tacked on 11 points in the win.

Ruskin had five scorers in double-digits with sharp-shooting ARU legend Marianna Maddaloni the pick of the scorers with 16 points.

flyers leapfrog stumbling rockets

Bristol just keep on winning to now move into the playoff places for the first time this season.

During their 71-56 win in Reading, the Flyers were led in scoring by Mara Marchizotti and Hannah Wallace, both with 17 points a piece. Cristina Bigica also contributed a massive 15 points from the bench in just 19 minutes of action against a Reading side who have struggled to find the form of last season.

The Rockets were led in scoring by Ezekiela Lisk and Kristina Karpova, who bagged 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Bristol seem to have taken a few games to find their rhythm, but they’ve found their feet in recent weeks and are now looking to make their way up the standings.

Honourable mentions

Daisy Porter (LOU) - 14P/5R/3A/4S/16EFF 

Helene Trailin (TVC) - 16P/8R/2S/22EFF 

Rhia Saggar (CoLA) - 22P/10R/20EFF