FocusHoops WNBL1 Team of the Week (March 16/17)

The D1W season crown has been claimed by Endeavour Ipswich but there are plenty of individual honours still up for grabs.

FocusHoops' Darren Paul, a writer, commentator, podcaster and more, has one player from the league winners in his latest team of the week - and four more from other teams besides.

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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 


Harriet Welham – Ipswich, guard 


As Ipswich clinched the championship, Welham led the way this weekend with a monstrous near double-double of 41 points and nine rebounds in her sides win over Bristol.  

She shot well, shooting 41% from the field, draining six triples and going an impressive 9-11 form the stripe. Always contributing outside her scoring, Welham was active on the boards for nine rebounds, assisted on six makes and nabbed four steals in yet another standout performance.  

Judit Fritz – Brent Bulls, guard 


Fritz led the way for Brent as they took down TVC to further stake their claim on a top-three finish. She scored 23 points, hitting 45% from the floor and draining 5-8 from the stripe in her 38 minutes of action. 

Fritz was a menace for TVC recording five steals along with three boards and three dimes in another fine display.  

Felicia Jacobs – CoLA, forward  

19PTS/14REB/4AST/32EFF vs REA 

Jacobs shone in CoLA’s win over Reading with a brilliant 19-14 double-double. She owned the mid-range with her shooting and made 7-10 attempts from the line having drawn six fouls. 

Jacobs was dominant on the glass, locking down the defensive end with 12 of her 14 boards coming on that end of the floor. She found teammates for four assists, stole two steals and sent three shots back in a stat-sheet filler! 

Mara Marchizotti – Bristol Flyers, forward 


Machizotti fouled out for Bristol, but not before she made a big contribution in the contest. The Argentine star finished on the losing side just short of a double-double with nine points on 66% shooting and 16 rebounds, 14 on the defensive end.  

She finished with four assists, two steals and two blocks in her 31 minutes of floor time in a big performance.  


Lindsey Cleary – Reading Rockets, forward 

12PTS/20REB/7AST/28EFF vs MAN 

Cleary led her Reading side over Manchester with a 12 points 20 rebounds double-double in a fine performance, that also saw her dish out seven assists.  

She didn’t have her best shooting performance, but was still amongst the team leader in points but it was on the glass where she shone, pulling down 13 offensive rebounds on her way to the game-high total. Cleary was dishing the rock and also denying the lane for the Mystics ending the tie with three steals.  

Team basketball

Ipswich down the Flyers to claim the crown 

The 2023-24 WNBL D1 Champions are Ipswich after they took down the Flyers and other results went there way. Ipswich were led in scoring by the player of the week Harriet Welham, who led all scorers with 41 points, with Danielle Cazey the next higher scorer on nine points. 

Louisa Gibbins, continues to impress in the blue of Ipswich with a terrific 7-12-4 performance, leading her side on the glass as Christabel Osarobo another Ipswich star who contributed for her side with a 7-7-2 performance. A spirited Bristol had three players in double-figures scoring, with Leila Jepson leading the way on 20 points, with Kim Kheing and Hannah Wallace contributing with 13 and 15 points respectively.  

Rockets stalled by Pride, as CoLA stay second 

CoLA Southwark Pride improved to a 16-5 record this weekend thanks in part to a narrow victory away in Reading. Felicia Jacobs was the top scorer for the Pride with a 19-14 double-double as Violet Stutz was the second highest scorer bagging 10-7-7 performance for the Londoners. 

CoLA shone in the third period, winning the quarter 13-5 which they were able to manage throughout the final period to clinch the victory. Reading, were led in scoring by 18 points from Lindsey Cleary and 10 points from the skipper Kristina Karpova would get back onto winnings ways in Manchester on Sunday.  

Honourable mentions 

Carina Costa MAN 17-6-0 18 EFF (L vs REA) 

Alex Shaw LOU 14-13-2 19EFF (W vs BAR) 

Esther Kursite CoLA 8-17-1 19EFF (W vs ARU) 

Main image credit - Luke Simcock