FocusHoops WNBL1 Team of the Week (April 20/21)

For one last time in 2023/24, the D1W Team and Player of the Week picks are in.

FocusHoops' Darren Paul, a writer, commentator, podcaster and more, had a pair of entertaining semi-finals to look over when making his final picks.

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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 


Adaora Dioramma – CoLA Southwark Pride, forward 


Adaora Dioramma’s 12 point, 22 rebound double-double off the bench in CoLA semi-final victory over TVC was enough to clinch my Player of the Week honours.

Dioramma’s scoring came on 45.5% shooting and she dominated the rebounding battle with nine offensive and 13 defensive rebounds as her side won that rebounding duel by 15 boards.

Diorama dished three dimes, swiped two steals and sent one shot back as she helped her side into the final.

Christabel Osarobo – Endeavour Ipswich Basketball, guard 


Ipswich clinched their spot in this season's showpiece and Christabel Osarobo’s work on the glass was a big factor in their success.

Finishing with 20 boards, six points and five assists, Osarobo dominated the glass on both ends, with nine offensive boards and 11 defensive.

Osarobo also finished with four steals in another big defensive outing from the Suffolk-based standout.

Harriet Welham  – Endeavour Ipswich Basketball, guard 


Harriet Welham continues her scoring dominance in the WNBL with a 33 point outing as Ipswich took down Brent on their way to the Playoff Final.

Welham bagged her 33 points on 44% shooting, including seven triples and 2/4 from the stripe.

She also finished just one board shy of a double-double in another fine display.

Louisa Gibbins – Endeavour Ipswich Basketball, forward


Louisa Gibbins has been one of the top rebounders in the WNBL over the last few seasons and her work on the glass against Brent was no exception.

She finished with 17 boards, 11 on the defensive end, and along with Christabel Osarobo, controlled the Bulls in that department.

Gibbins added four points, three assists, two blocks and a steal in a display that had a little bit of everything, and just what her side needed to make the final.

Felicia Jacobs – CoLA Southwark Pride, forward


Felicia Jacobs finished with 18 points on 50% shooting and with nine rebounds, four on the offensive end, she took care of the paint for CoLA in their semi-final clash with TVC.

Jacobs’ contributions included three assists, three steals and a block in a well-rounded performance from the young CoLA star. 

Team basketball

Ipswich Blow Past Bulls

Ipswich took down Brent Bulls in their playoff semi-final with a 22 point victory, powered by a huge scoring outing from Harriet Welham, who bagged 33 points, and Liv Forster, who finished on 20.

Ipswich dominated the boards with Christabel Osarobo finishing with 22 rebounds, Louisa Gibbins grabbing 17 and Welham just shy of a double-double with 9 boards.

The regular season champs were relentless, taking 88 shots to Brent's 73 and winning the battle of the glass by 28.

Brent were led in scoring by Judit Fritz (21pts), who has been a real star for Brent and the WNBL as a whole in 2023/24.

Honourable mentions 

Liv Forster (IPS) - 20P/6R/5A/16EFF

Kat Goldsby (TVC) - 10P/5R/5A/8S/16EFF

Ayla Habbal (CoLA) - 20P/4R/5A/17EFF