FocusHoops WNBL1 Team of the Week (March 9/10)

A delayed D1W Team and Player of the Week piece is now here, allowing for one last set of stats from last weekend's action to appear.

FocusHoops' Darren Paul, a writer, commentator, podcaster and more, was able to select from Barking and Ipswich's tie as well as four other games when making his latest Player and Team of the Week choices.

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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 


Christabel Osarobo – Endeavour Ipswich Basketball, guard


A 22-15 double-double was the performance of the weekend as Christabel Osarobo takes POTW honours in Ipswich’s big win at Barking.

Osarobo shot well for her 22 points at 58%, going 7/12 from the field with one triple and a flawless 7/7 from the stripe.

Of her 15 rebounds, five of them were on the offensive end and she dished out two assists and nabbed four steals in another stellar performance from the Gonzaga commit.

Harriet Welham – Endeavour Ipswich basketball, guard


Harriet Welham was a points machine against Barking, finishing with a stunning 35 on 59% shooting.

The standout guard also dominated inside the paint with 11 makes to go along with two threes and 7/11 from the stripe.

Welham also pulled down four boards, dished four assists and added six steals and a block on defence in another impressive display for the Champions-Elect.

Chandera Jones-Aryeh – CoLA Southwark Pride, guard


With 15 points, seven rebound and eight assists, Chandera Jones-Aryeh had the scorers on triple-double watch as CoLA took down an ever-improving Solent by eight points on Sunday.

Jones-Aryeh did most of her damage at the stripe, hitting 11/13 having drawn a bruising nine fouls in the contest.

The CoLA standout also swiped three steals in a win that puts her team level on points with Brent.

Judit Fritz – Brent Bulls, guard


Judit Fritz led all scorers in Brent’s narrow defeat by Reading, scoring 24 points on 7/12 shooting whilst sinking seven free throws and one triple.

Fritz played efficiently in her 34 minutes of floor time with 47% shooting, six assists, three rebounds and three steals against just two turnovers.

The Bulls' guard scored 17 of her points in the final period of play as Brent attempted a fightback, falling just short against the in-form Rockets.

Chinwe Iwunze – Thames Valley Cavaliers, wing


Chinwe Iwunze continues her fine campaign for TVC with a 22 point outing as her side took a valuable victory at home to Manchester.

The Cavs' guard hit 66% of her shots plus 6/7 from the line along with her five defensive boards and four assists as part of another productive display.

Iwunze’s pace can be as disruptive as it is dangerous on offence and she took six steals from the Mystics whilst also drawing a team-high six fouls.

Team basketball

Reading enjoying that winning feeling

Reading Rockets held on to a road victory in Brent despite an exciting fourth-quarter fight back led by Judit Fritz.

Reading were led in scoring by Kristina Karpova and Alicia Guerra Rainford with 14 points a piece whilst Tejonah Mckay, Jade Blackburn and Parfaite Ando all bagging eight points apiece.

Brent were led in scoring by Fritz’s 24, with 17 of those coming in the final period of play, a quarter they won 28-16.

TVC down Mystics, stay second

Thames Valley Cavaliers took the win at home to Manchester Mystics on Sunday to stay second in the standings, just two wins behind the league leaders with a game in hand.

TVC, led by Chinwe Iwunze’s 22 points, had five players in double-digit scoring. Sharpshooter Robyn Ainge bagged 14 points, with Helene Trailin and Katie Richards both scoring 11 points and Aoife Ryan adding 10 more, smashing her season average of 2.3PPG in the process.

Manchester were led by 16 points from the incredibly talented youngster Irene Oboavwoduo, who has come on leaps and bounds this campaign.

Honourable mentions

Wura Ijelu (BAR) - 14P/10R/4A/4S/21EFF
Alecia Guerra Rainford (REA) - 14P/2R/2A/14EFF
Helene Trailin (TVC) - 11P/12R/2A/2B/16EFF


Main image credit - Endeavour Ipswich Basketball