FocusHoops WNBL1 Team of the Week (March 2/3)

D1W moved another step closer to the post-season with plenty more top-class individual performances.

FocusHoops' Darren Paul, a writer, commentator, podcaster and more, made his latest Team and Player of the Week selections from a pool of worthy recipients.

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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 


Felicia Jacobs – CoLA Southwark Pride, forward

15PTS/13Reb/2AST/22EFF vs Bre
14PTS/14Reb/17EFF vs Bri

Jacobs led the way for CoLA in their crucial victory over Brent on Saturday to keep their hopes of a top-two finish alive.

She scored 15 points on 46% shooting and pulled down 13 rebounds, with six offensive and seven defensive boards, in a game in which her side dominated the glass.

On Sunday, in a one-point win over Bristol, Jacobs led her team to finish with a difference-making 14-14 double-double.

Yazmin Edwards – Endeavour Ipswich basketball, guard


Edwards’ excellent 2023/24 season continued this weekend with a 20-point, nine-rebound performance against CoB Rockets.

She was efficient with the ball, scoring well at 64.3% and only turning the ball over twice.

Edwards was dominant on the offensive boards, with six of her nine rebounds coming on that end of the floor as she also added four steals in an impressive 26 minutes of action.

Helene Trailin – Thames Valley Cavaliers, forward


TVC kept their title hopes alive with a win away at ARU inspired by an 11-11 double-double from Trailin, who was amongst the team leaders in scoring and was the joint-high rebounder with ARU's Kasia Neininger. 

Trailin scored her points on 44% shooting and went 3/4 from the line, whilst rebounding effectively at both ends of the floor.

Jade Blackburn – Reading Rockets, forward


Blackburn led the way for Reading as they took down a spirited Kestrels by a single point this weekend.

Blackburn came off the bench to score 17 points (44%) in 14 minutes and went perfect at the stripe for 7/7.

Blackburn did a bit of everything, with six boards, an assist, a steal and two blocks in a huge performance for the Berkshire outfit.

Judit Fritz – Brent Bulls, guard

44PTS/6RBS/1AST/53EFF vs Bar

Fritz scored a combined 78 points across two games this weekend in two fantastic individual displays.

She went off for 34 points from 74% shooting in Brent’s loss to CoLA and went 20-26 against Barking for 44 points.

Outside of scoring, Fritz contributed four boards, two assists and four steals against CoLA in a pair of incredible efficient individual performances.

Team basketball

CoLA stun Brent

Tied 66-66 with two seconds to go, CoLA ran the perfect play. Glory Kabia made a cut to outside the arc, was found by Rhia Saggar and drilled the game winning triple to effectively end Brent’s title bid with three games left in the regular season.

This is Kabia’s second game-winning buzzer beater of the season and came in CoLA’s biggest game of the run-in as they still have a chance at claiming a top two finish.

CoLA were led in scoring by Violet Stutz, who had 19 points, Felicia Jacobs (15pts) and Aaliyah Clarke (11pts). Jacobs led the way on the boards and Kabia in assists.

Brent were paced by another great performance from Judit Fritz, who finished with 34 points.

Solent push Reading to the wire

Reading continue their charge up the table but they were made to work for it by an inspired Team Solent Kestrels this weekend.

Solent had four players in double-digit scoring, led by Gabriela Kostova-Dobrova and her 18 points, Earleesha Jackson (16pts), Ruby Laight (14pts) and Glory Uzomefuna (11pts).

The area Reading had the clear advantage in was on the glass, out rebounding the visitors by six boards, with Parfaite Ando (14reb) and Lindsey Cleary (12reb) leading the way.

Jade Blackburn (18pts), Ando (16pts) and Alicia Guerra Rainford (10pts) were the scoring leaders for Reading as they came through a tough test.

Honourable mentions

Rehana Khalil (MAN) - 22P/10R/6A/23EFF
Erin Powell (LOU) - 17P/11R/2A/20EFF
Nuri Seyedagha (CoB) - 23P/7R/20EFF