FocusHoops WNBL1 Team of the Week (April 13/14)

After a lean few weeks to tie up the end of the regular season, the FocusHoops Team and Player of the Week awards return for the start of the post-season.

FocusHoops' Darren Paul, a writer, commentator, podcaster and more, had four great games to look over as Ipswich, Brent, CoLA and Thames Valley all progressed to the semi-finals.

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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 


Judit Fritz – Brent Bulls, guard 


In the #4 vs #5 matchup, Brent Bulls were the comfortable winners over Loughborough, thanks in no small part to a 33-point performance from Fritz.

She scored 13 of Brent’s 31 points in the opening period, helping them grow a lead they wouldn’t drop.

The guard's scoring came on 63% shooting as she also went a perfect 9/9 from the stripe, adding six boards and a steal to a fine day's work.

Jess Davies – Brent Bulls, guard 


Davies was another major factor in Brent advancing to the semi-finals, putting together to a monster 19-point, 16-rebound double-double.

Her scoring came off 37% shooting with 4/5 from the stripe as the Loughborough product also locked down the defensive glass, with 11 of her boards coming on that end of the floor.

Davies dished the rock for five dimes in a brilliant individual display.

Violet Stutz  – CoLA Southwark Pride, guard


CoLA are headed to the semi-finals thanks to their 16 point win over Reading, a contest in which Stutz led her side’s scoring.

Finishing with 15 points and eight rebounds on a fantastic 85% shooting and an even four offensive and four defensive rebounds, she put in a real captain’s performance.

The young guard also finished with two assists and three steals in an important victory.

Chinwe Iwunze – Thames Valley Cavaliers, guard 


The ever-entertaining Iwunze was the star of the show as TVC took down ARU on Saturday.

The guard led all-scorers, finishing with a game-high 27 points on 75% shooting, also going an impressive 8/9 from the stripe.

Iwunze worked hard on the glass for seven boards and added two assists and two steals to her tally.

Liv Forster – Endeavour Ipswich Basketball, guard


Forster led the way for Ipswich with a game-high 22 points in their 21-point victory over Bristol.

Forster shot the lights out, sinking five triples to end Bristol’s playoff ambitions for another year.

The talented scorer also contributed five rebounds and four assists to go with three steals in another strong outing for the WEABL South MVP.

Team basketball

Brent breeze past Loughborough

Brent Bulls advanced to the semi-finals with a 21-point victory over Loughborough on Sunday, thanks to the one-two punch of Fritz and Davies.

The pair scored 33 and 19 points respectively with Rochelle Davids and Josephine Maignomo bagging eight points apiece. Davies and Vanessa Akra took care of the boards with 16 and 10 as Brent's roster really fired this weekend.

As a team, Brent had the better of it on the offensive end with a better shooting percentage (38% to 31%), took 12 more shots than the Riders (84 to 77) and finished with 12 more total rebounds. (60 to 48).

The Riders were led in scoring by Erin Powell, who finished with an excellent 18-12 double-double.

Ipswich ground flyers

Ipswich’s treble hopes remain on course after they made short work of Bristol in their quarter-final match-up.

Led in scoring by Forster (22), Harriet Welham (18) and Christobel Osarobo (13), it was a team effort that saw every Ipswich player who played over five minutes get on the score board, alongside four players in double-figures scoring.

Both teams kept the foul count low but Bristol couldn’t match Ipswich’s offensive output in terms of shot attempts (84 to 72), makes (32 to 24) and assists (20 to 6).

Bristol’s scoring leader was Hannah Wallace, who dropped 18 points to end another great season for the Flyers.

Honourable mentions 

Helene Trailin (TVC) - 11P/15R/3S/23EFF

Erin Powell (LOU) - 18P/12R/2S/27EFF

Christabel Osarobo (IPS) - 13P/7R/3A/3S/15EFF

Main image credit - Flo Alalade