FocusHoops WNBL1 Team of the Week (January 13/14 2024)

The sprint to the end of the regular season is here, with some players putting in great performances to give their team a much-needed push.

As a writer, commentator, podcaster and more, FocusHoops' Darren Paul was once again on hand to sift through the best of the best to select his Player and Team of the Week 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 

Jess Davies - Brent Bulls, forward

27pts/15reb/3blk/37EFF @ COB
15pts/15reb/3ast/3stl/25EFF vs COB

Brent handed City of Birmingham a pair of 30+-point defeats this weekend with Davies excellent in both outings with a combined 42-30-3 across the two games.

POTW is an individual award based on one game and Saturday’s 27-15 outing stands out as the Brent big went 11/12 from two-point land and pulled down 15 boards on the defensive end.

Davies defensive work didn't end there as she blocked three shots to help her side to a perfect weekend.

Harriet Welham - Endeavour Ipswich Basketball, guard


Welham’s Ipswich were seconds away from a huge home victory over TVC and Welham was, as always, a major factor in their successes despite the final score.

The leading point getter in the contest, Welham hit 50% from the field and went an impressive 7/9 from the stripe.

Adding on eight boards, five dimes and five steals, Welham will enter the Cup Final weekend in great form and looking for a payback result in Manchester.

Chandera Jones-Aryeh - CoLA Southwark Pride, guard


Jones-Aryeh’s 17 points on 77% shooting was a major factor in CoLA Southwark Pride's road win in the London derby win over Barking Abbey.

All of Jones-Aryeh's points came from inside the arc, aside from going 3-4 at the stripe, while she also pulled down six boards, dished six dimes and picking four passes to help secure a win that keeps CoLA in the top two.

Kat Goldsby - Thames Valley Cavaliers, guard


Goldsby finished TVC’s nail-biting clash with Ipswich on triple-double watch, notching up 12 points, 11 rebounds and eight dimes in yet another complete performance from their star guard.

Always battling, Goldsby also finished with six steals and a block to send her team into the upcoming rematch with Ipswich high in confidence.

Helene Trailin - Thames Valley Cavaliers, forward


Another game week, another double-double for the ever-reliable Trailin, who scored 15 points on 53% shooting from two-point range and pulled down 11 boards, seven coming on the defensive end.

The dominant forward finished with a steal and a block but unfortunately for the TVC standout, foul trouble limited her overall efficiency.

That said, for 20 minutes against the league leaders, 15-11 is a tremendous showing.

Team basketball 

TVC Down Ipswich

TVC left it until the last second to clinch victory over the league leader in Ipswich, with former Sevenoaks Sun Hayley Miller netting the clinching two at the buzzer.

A dress rehearsal for the Cup Final on Sunday, both sides were at their high-scoring best in a thrilling contest.

TVC were led in the victory by Chinwe Iwunze's 19 points, with Goldsby, Trailin and Robyn Ainge and Katie Richards all finishing in double points.

Ipswich were led by another fine display from Harriet Welham, who topped all scorers with 30 points, plus another brilliant display on the glass from Christabel Osarobo who finished with her own 16-21 double-double.

Manchester keep on winning

Manchester Mystics are one of the form teams in the WNBL D1 as they downed Bristol on the road 58-55.

Another great performance from former Player of the Week Irene Oboavwadow saw the young star finish with a 16-11 double-double, hitting 50% from the field.

Oboavwadou was joined in double-digits scoring by Success Odenwingie who finished with 15 points of her own, including a three-point-play early in the period that would prove important in the win.

Bristol were led in scoring by Cristina Bigica with 13 points as they search for their first win of 2024.

Honourable mentions

Katie Richards (TVC) - 15P/12R/3A/20EFF

Christabel Osarobo (IPS) - 16P/21R/1A/27EFF

Jazmin Gyulai (ARU) - 26P/3R/21EFF


Main image credit - Flo Alalade