2020-21 Molten WBBL Team of the Year – Women’s…
The 2020-21 Molten WBBL Team of the Year, as voted by WBBL Head Coaches, is led by two of the three most familiar faces from this team since the inception of the WBBL in 2014, alongside three debutants including a pair of stars from London Lions who have helped them to be one of the most formidable teams in the league this year.
Cat Carr – Sevenoaks Suns
Carr captained Sevenoaks Suns to a third straight WBBL Championship title, losing just one league game along the way, and makes the Molten WBBL Team of the Year for the fourth completed season in a row, meaning that she stands alone as the player with the most appearances in WBBL history, moving clear of former Nottingham Wildcat Ashley Harris. Amazingly, the do-it-all guard was in the league’s top three in points per game (third, 18.8), assists (second, 7.2) and defensive rebounds (second, 7.7); while her field goal percentage of 47.8% was also top 10. In her seven seasons in the league, the rebounds and assists numbers are career highs, and her scoring trails only the 2014-15 season when she averaged 20 points per game. Scoring in double-figures in all but one game, peaking at 29 points against Essex Rebels, she had 10 double-doubles on the season and two triple-doubles, both during the title run in, including 20 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, also against Rebels.
Alison Gorrell – Newcastle Eagles
The league’s leading scorer features in the Molten WBBL Team of the Year for the third straight completed season, meaning that she joins Harris in second place overall in that regard. She paced the league by some distances in scoring at a mark of 23.6 points per game, scoring on average one third of her team’s points as she proved unstoppable throughout the campaign. Doing a bit of everything for her team, as captain, she was also fourth in the WBBL for steals per game (2.5), fifth in assists (5.3) and tenth in defensive rebounds (6.1). Those were career highs in points and assists, and despite voting for this award having been conducted based on the regular season she has only pushed on from there with an inspirational triple-double of 22 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists as Eagles caused the biggest upset in WBBL Play-off history to make the final by toppling Sevenoaks live on Sky Sports.
Kennedy Leonard – London Lions
In her first season in the WBBL, Leonard has made a record-breaking impact and has already featured in both the Molten WBBL British and Defensive Teams of the Year in this week’s awards announcements. She was one of only five players to average a double-double with 15.7 points and 11.3 assists per outing, breaking the total assists record with 225 in the campaign and also the single game record when she handed out an astonishing 21 assists against Caledonia Pride in March. Like Carr, she scored in double-figures in all but one game, had 12 double-doubles and finished the regular season with a first triple-double of 24 points, 17 assists and 10 rebounds against Durham Palatinates, adding eight steals for a near quadruple-double. She was MVP as Lions lifted the WBBL Trophy, getting them off to a fast start in a dominant performance before finishing with 21 points, nine assists, seven steals and six rebounds.
Holly Winterburn – Leicester Riders
Yet another do-it-all guard elected to this team, Winterburn adds this accolade to her Molten WBBL All-British Team of the Year selection and features for the first time in her glittering young career at just 20 years of age. She averaged 15 points per game on 36% three-point shooting, and was third in the WBBL for assists per game (6.2), sixth in steals (2.1), ninth in defensive rebounds (6.1) and tenth in fouls drawn as she proved to be a handful for opponents all season. She had a near triple-double in WBBL Cup Final success in February, posting 16 points, eight rebounds and eight assists; with a season-high of 36 points in the penultimate game of the season, a massive 84-80 defeat of London Lions that secured second place in the league table. With nine appearances in the weekly All-Star 5, she was second only to Leonard in that regard.
Cassie Breen – London Lions
Michigan-native Cassie Breen was another key addition in transforming the London Lions this season, after professional stints in Spain and Germany, and as the all-time leader in made three-pointers following a four-year career at Central Michigan University. Her long-range prowess was immediately evident as she knocked down an astonishing 19 triples in her first three league games with season highs of seven makes against Nottingham and Oaklands in that spell, and a season high of 35 points in the first of those games. In all, she was the league’s most accurate volume three-point shooter at 43.6% and was second in total makes with 61 on the league season. She was fourth in the WBBL in scoring with 18.7 points per game, and proved her shooting accuracy across the court as she was ninth in field goal percentage (47.9%) and second with an amazing free-throw accuracy of 93.8% at an astonishing 62-66 for the season. Like Dirk Williams on the men’s London Lions team, she was agonisingly close to a 50-40-90 shooting campaign. She also scored 25 points, making all 10 of her free-throws, in lifting the WBBL Trophy.