There are three debutantes in our line-up this week, including a pair of GB seniors!
Renee Busch (Sevenoaks Suns)
Our first new face in our starting line-up is the mid-season arrival at Sevenoaks who has made an immediate impact. Busch was the main architect of Suns reaching the 2017 WBBL Trophy Semi-Finals after amassing 27 points against Oaklands Wolves as she erupted from behind the arc with seven triples – as well as hauling down 10 boards for a super double-double.
Alison Gorrell (Team Northumbria)
There were mixed emotions for Team Northumbria as they lost to Hatters but also came out on top in a cross-border derby at Caledonia Pride. Gorrell came up with the joint-best performance of the weekend after registering a stellar double-double of 28 points and 14 rebounds. She also handed out five assists and grabbed three steals as she sealed her fourth starting place of the campaign.
Helen Naylor (Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters)
After a frustrating first half the season spent on the sidelines and getting back to fitness, the Great Britain wing star is back near the levels of the past for Hatters and that showed as she wraps up her first starting place of 2016-17. Naylor was the headline act for her side with an impressive 25 points, seven assists, five rebounds and no turnovers in last Sunday’s road win at Team Northumbria.
Savannah Wilkinson (Barking Abbey Crusaders)
There is also a debut slot for the Great Britain forward and rising star, who snaps the longest run of her standout WBBL career without featuring in our line-up. Wilkinson had two double-doubles across the weekend, including a superb 27 points and 12 boards in the dramatic overtime win at Cardiff Met Archers, a performance which also included four assists.
Ashley Harris (Nottingham Wildcats)
Our season leader extends the gap at the top with her eleventh starting berth of the campaign and it was another dominant one. Harris posted the joint-best display of the weekend after carrying Nottingham to a huge win at Manchester Mystics which catapulted them into the WBBL Trophy Semi-Finals. She accumulated a stunning double-double of 25 points and 17 rebounds – as well as four steals.
Off the bench – Alex Smith (Leicester Riders), Dominique Allen (Manchester Mystics), Stef Collins (Cardiff Met Archers), Sarah Thomson (Caledonia Pride), Judit Fritz (Cardiff Met Archers), Anne Pedersen (Sevenoaks Suns), Steph Gandy (Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters).?