FocusHoops WNBL1 Team of the Week (February 3/4 2024)

The D1W title race is a tight one, bringing out some top performances from a number of players.

As a writer, commentator, podcaster and more, FocusHoops' Darren Paul was able to look through six D1W games this past weekend, selecting his Player and Team of the Week from the standouts.

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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 

Kat Goldsby - Thames Valley Cavaliers, guard


Kat Golsdby was the difference maker in the biggest clash of the round as TVC took the win against CoLA to stay in the hunt for a potential run at the title.

Goldsby shot efficiently, bagging 18 points on 66% shooting, including draining a pair of triples.

Notching up seven rebounds, four assists and conceding just two turnovers, the American was the disciplined leader her side needed to take a crucial win over another top team.

Judit Fritz - Brent Bulls, guard


A fabulous scoring performance from Judit Fritz helped ease Brent past basement side Solent, with the former Hungarian junior international star hardly able to miss, scoring 75% from the floor and going 6/7 from the stripe.

Fritz finished with five boards, four dimes and five steals in her 30 minutes of floor time as she continues to be one of the standard bearers for the WNBL.

Harriet Welham - Endeavour Ipswich Basketball, guard


Another week, another exceptional display from Harriet Welham as the Suffolk superstar bagged a weekend-high 38 points to keep Ipswich clear at the top of the table.

Marshalling her side to a valuable win against Reading. Welham scored her points off 47% shooting, draining four triples and hitting a fantastic 12/15 from the stripe, captialising on drawing seven fouls in the matchup.

Three boards, four assists and three steals rounded out her impact on the game, with my only mark against her coming via eight turnovers.

Louisa Gibbins - Endeavour Ipswich Basketball, forward


Louisa Gibbins went 70% from the field in Ipswich's win over Reading, helping keep them clear of Brent at the top of the tree.

Gibbins scored 16 points, going a perfect 5/5 from inside the arc and netting two triples, in addition to her seven boards, the second highest for her side behind Christabel Osarobo's 11.

The GB junior also found a teammate for one assist and swiped two steals in her 25 minutes of action. 

Lauren Dabbs - Loughborough Riders, guard


17 points on 70% shooting off the bench, Lauren Dabbs was one of the most efficient scorers in the league this weekend.

Dabbs went 4/6 from inside, hit 3/4 from beyond the arc and was amongst her team leaders in rebounds, pulling down eight total to go with her two assists, one steal and one block.


Team basketball 

TVP topple CoLA in top four clash

Thames Valley Cavaliers are keeping touch with the league leading Endeavour Ipswich Basketball and the hard-chasing Brent Bulls thanks to a huge win over fourth place CoLA Southwark Pride at home.

TVC were led by Player of the Week Kat Goldsby, who scored an efficient game-high 18 points, with speedster Chinwe Iwunze and the paint general Helene Trailin scoring 14 and 12 points respectively.

CoLA enjoyed 14 points apiece from Violet Stutz and Esther Kursite in a tense contest that CoLA so nearly took with a brave fourth period performance.

Flyers down BA to take upper hand in playoff race

Bristol Flyers picked up their first win of 2024 with a 28 point victory over Barking Abbey.

Flyers moved into sole ownership of eight in the standings with the victory, another team display with four players in double figure points, with Hannah Wallace once again leading the way with 18 points in the contest.

Kim Kheing has 14 points whilst Leila Jepson and Cristina Bigica both scored 10 each to help Bristol ease to victory.

Barking Abbey were led by 11 points from Megan Verbeeten.

Honourable mentions

Ezekiela Lisk (REA) - 14P/9R/3A/20EFF

Chinwe Iwunze (TVC) - 14P/4R/2A/7S/19EFF

Daisy Porter (LOU) - 11P/3R/5A/3S/19EFF