FocusHoops WNBL1 Team of the Week (March 23/24)

The final FocusHoops' Team and Player of the Year awards for the regular season are here, with just a couple of games now remaining.

FocusHoops' Darren Paul, a writer, commentator, podcaster and more, dug into last weekend's eight games to make his final picks, with the playoffs now right around the corner.

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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 


Liv Forster – Endeavour Ipswich Basketball, guard 


Liv Forster claimed POTW honours with a fine scoring display in Ipswich’s big road with in Loughborough.

Forster shot well, leading her side with 57% shooting, draining five triples and going 2/2 from the stripe.

The WEABL MVP also came up with four boards and four assists along with a team-high five steals in another big win for the Suffolk club as they roll into the playoffs on a positive note.

Judit Fritz – Brent Bulls, guard 


Judit Fritz’s game-high 30 points helped Brent past Reading this weekend in another big game in the run up to the playoffs.

Fritz’s scoring came on 52% shooting, including a pair of threes and 2/2 from the stripe as the Bulls' star flirted with a double-double.

Closing on eight boards and dished four dimes, it was another complete game from one of the league’s best scorers.

Harriet Welham  – Endeavour Ipswich Basketball, guard


Harriet Welham went 9/21 this weekend, sinking three triples and going 4/5 from the stripe for her 25 points in Ipswich’s big win against Loughborough.

Welham rebounded well, pulling down seven boards and leading her side in assists with six.

The standout guard played disciplined ball, not committing a single foul whilst swiping three steals to cap off another great week to end her regular season.

Yazmin Edwards – Endeavour Ipswich Basketball, guard 


Yazmin Edwards bagged herself a 15-10 double-double as Ipswich took the W away from Loughborough this weekend.

Edwards hit 50% from the field, sinking two threes and pulled down seven defensive boards on her way to the double-double.

With five assists, three steals and no fouls, it was a great outing for one of Ipswich’s young stars.

Katie Richards – Thames Valley Cavaliers, forward 


Katie Richards had quite the weekend against Barking Abbey, bagging 38 points combined in two games against the Londoners.

Richards finished with a 20-11 double-double in TVC’s 79-46 victory on Saturday, scoring 57% from the field and going 4/6 from the stripe whilst dominating the offensive glass with tied team-high eight boards. 

Richards also had two assists, two steals and two blocks in the tone-setting victory as TVC repeated the feat the next day, with Richards once again filling the stat sheet.

Team basketball

Ipswich topple Riders to close on a high 

Ipswich continues to set the standard in the WNBL as the newly-crowned champions defeated Loughborough on the road by 33 points.

Ipswich got off to a hot start but it was in the second half that their dominance really shone as they finished with a 25-8 final quarter.

With four starters in double-digits scoring, Ipswich were led by 29 points from Player of the Week Liv Forster, 25 points from Harriet Welham, 15 from Yaz Edwards and 14 from Louisa Gibbins.

Lauren Dabbs picked up the mantle for Loughborough, finishing with 19 points.

ruskin edge rockets

Anglia Ruskin were taken to the brink by City of Brimingham Rockets but did just enough to come away with the two-point victory as Marianna Maddaloni sank a triple in the final minute to clinch a back-and-forth encounter.

Ruskin were led in scoring by Nadege Talva’s 23 points, with Rian Rawlings and Courtney Gray bagging 10 and nine points respectively.

The Rockets were led in scoring by 16 points from Sarah Mullgrave and 10 from Nuri Seyedagha.

Honourable mentions 

Lindsey Cleary (REA) - 21P/13R/3A/26EFF vs BRE & 18P/13R/6A/22EFF @TSK

Helene Trailin (TVC) - 16P/18R/2A/27EFF vs BAR & 20P/10R/3A/21EFF @BAR

Nadege Talva (ARU) - 29P/9R/26EFF vs CoB

Main image credit - Endeavour Ipswich Basketball