There are just a couple of WBBL All-Star Five line-ups left this season and with time to shine ticking down, these players are making the most of their opportunity to impress.
Alex Smith (Leicester Riders)
It’s a fifth appearance of the campaign for the Riders’ backcourt wonder, after she produced a typically all-action effort to inspire her team to a win against Hatters. Smith came relatively close to a triple-double with a brilliant 21 points and 13 assists, which was accompanied by seven rebounds and two steals in a fine display against the visitors.
Alison Gorrell (Team Northumbria)
The influential guard becomes only the fourth player this season to find themselves in our starting five for a seventh time after she erupted at Sport Central last Sunday. Gorrell was on-fire as she torched visiting Barking Abbey Crusaders with a spectacular 38-point haul and fittingly sealed victory with the decisive basket in a tight 68-65 success.
Judit Fritz (Cardiff Met Archers)
With Archers feeling the heat from Pride in the race to land the coveted last Play-Off position, the Welsh side needed someone to step up and it was the Hungarian who delivered. Fritz was immense in a tight road triumph at Oaklands Wolves, managing to lay foundation for victory with a massive 30 points – as well as adding seven rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Ashley Harris (Nottingham Wildcats)
Nottingham Wildcats were made to sweat as they tried to get the win they needed to retain their WBBL Championship at home to Team Northumbria. It wasn’t a surprise when it was Harris who stepped up to the plate to secure a jaw-dropping 16th starting five appearance in our line-up, coming off the back of a 15-point and 12-rebound double-double – plus a fantastic five blocks.
Tricia Oakes (Caledonia Pride)
The emergence of Pride has been one of the stories of the season and they’re still searching for a Play-Off spot as they picked up one of their best wins of the campaign against the high-flying Mystics. Their star centre was critical to the home floor success, as Oakes finished with a sparkling 14 points from six-of-seven floor shooting and a corralled a massive 17 boards.
Off the bench – Isabel Bueriberi (Manchester Mystics), Steph Gandy (Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters), Anne Pedersen (Sevenoaks Suns), Natalie Bastian (Caledonia Pride), Abigail Johnson (Barking Abbey Crusaders), Cat Carr (Sevenoaks Suns), Sarah Wagstaff (Cardiff Met Archers).