FocusHoops WNBL1 Team of the Week (January 27/28 2024)

There were twists and turns aplenty in D1W this past weekend, giving FocusHoops' Darren Paul plenty to keep track of.

As a writer, commentator, podcaster and more, Paul had his eyes across six games, including ARU's shock OT win against leaders Ipswich, when making his Player and Team of the Week selections.

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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


Judit Fritz was at her free-scoring best for Brent with a weekend high 28 points on 45% shooting, including an impressive 5/6 from the stripe.

The Brent standout has been on a tear in recent weeks and last time out was no exception as Fritz contributed on the boards and was a menace in the passing lanes, finishing with five steals.

Rehana Khalil - Manchester Mystics, guard


Manchester Mystics continue their brilliant start to life in the top tier, as does Rehana Khalil, who led the way with a +30 performance in Manchester 63-40 win over the Kestrels.

Bagging 19 points on 40% shooting and pulling down eight rebounds, Khalil did a little bit of everything, even chipping in with two assists and four steals.

Rochelle Davids - Brent Bulls, guard


Rochelle Davids was every teammates dream guard this weekend as she had a double-double of 10 rebounds and 13 assists to go with five points and three steals.

Davids was a key feature in another important Brent victory, contributing five assists in the final period that saw Brent overturn a 12 point deficit to clinch the win.

Esther Kursite - CoLA Southwark Pride, forward


Esther Kursite was agonisingly close to a double-double for CoLA in their road win over Loughborough.

Shooting 40% from the field and draining her one attempt at the line, it was on the glass that Kursite really dominated the game, leading the game in boards with 15, including four on the offensive glass.

That production allowed CoLA to control the rebounding battle, winning it 59-36 on the way to a valuable W.  

Courtney Gray - Anglia Ruskin University, forward


Courtney Gray was instrumental in ARU taking the OT victory over their local rivals in the East Anglia derby with a 14-11 double-double at “The Bunker”, scoring the winning basket to boot.

Gray made her one three pointer attempted and split her rebounding quite evenly, with five offensive boards and six defensive in a huge win for Ruskin’s postseason ambitions.

Gray also was the most active Ruskin player in the lanes, swiping six steals in the contest. 

Team basketball 

Ruskin take down ipswich in extras

Ipswich threw everything at Anglia Ruskin, including a buzzer beater from Liv Forster from in her own half, but still ARU found the will to win on their home court.

With four players hitting double-digits in scoring, Ruskin were led by their skipper Rian Rawlings with 17 points, the ever-reliable Nadege Talva with 15 points, plus Courtney Gray and Kasia Neininger contributing with 14 and 11 points respectively.

Ipswich, who were spirited and fell just short despite a fourth period fightback, were led by Christabel Osarobo who bagged a game-high 24 points, Harriet Welham on 17 points and Liv Forster on 11.

brent battle back to beat bristol

Brent Bulls took another crucial victory, after staring defeat in the face, against Bristol Flyers this weekend.

The Bulls were down 12 in the final period but battled back to take the win, thanks in no small part to five assists from Rochelle Davids and back-to-back three pointers from Jess Davies.

Judit Fritz finished with a team-high 24 in points, with Davies adding on 12 points, the only Bulls in double-figures.

Bristol were led by Leila Jepson and Hannah Wallace, who bagged 12 points apiece.

Honourable mentions

Lindsey Cleary (REA) - 15P/5R/2A/3S/17EFF

Erin Powell (LOU) - 16P/10R/4B/19EFF

Christabel Osarobo (IPS) - 24P/13R/4S/27EFF


Main image credit - Flo Alalade