Clean sweep of awards for Sheffield Hatters as they prepare for final four

Last year's play-off final winners, Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters, will continue the defence of their precious silverware by taking on Team Northumbria, who are looking to make their very first showpiece WBBL Final, this Sunday (6pm).

Friday, 29th April 2016, 5:37 am
Updated Wednesday, 4th May 2016, 4:05 pm
Georgia Gayle: Women's British Basketball Lerague's young player of the year

The Molten WBBL play-off final will take place at The O2 in London on Sunday, May 8 and will be shown live on the BBC red button and online via the BBC Sport website.

Hatters, who beat Leicester Riders 106-61 to reach the final four, were given further recognition with rising star Georgia Gayle crowned the Molten WBBL Young Player of the Year for 2015-16.

“The England youth international has blossomed this season and stepped up for her team - evidenced by the fact that she has appeared in the weekly All Star Five more times than any other U20 player or fellow teenager,” a WBBL spokesperson said.

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Gayle has already won the WBBL Trophy and averaging 10.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game, after appearing in all 16 of her team’s WBBL Championship fixtures, Gayle takes the torch from last year’s inaugural winner of the award, Savannah Wilkinson of Barking Abbey Crusaders who finished second on this season’s podium.

Hatters swept the board in the end of season awards, with Steph Gandy picking up the MVP gong for the WBBL and Vanessa Ellis being named WBBL Coach of the Year.