Cat Carr Wins Player of the Year

After captaining Sevenoaks Suns to a third straight WBBL Championship title, Cat Carr has been recognised with the Molten WBBL Player of the Year award, winning a poll of WBBL Head Coaches. It is the second time that she has won this accolade in the six completed seasons since the WBBL’s inception, adding this to 2017-18, and she becomes the first player to have won it more than once.

The American has been an ever-present for Suns in that time, after a glittering college career in which she finished as the all-time leading scorer at Holy Family University, an achievement which led to her being inducted into the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Hall of Fame in 2019.

In this campaign, amazingly, the do-it-all guard was in the WBBL’s top three in points per game (third, 18.8), assists (second, 7.2) and defensive rebounds (second, 7.7), leading the league champions in each of those categories; while her field goal percentage of 47.8% was also top 10 in the league. In her seven seasons of campaigning in the WBBL, the rebounds and assists numbers are career highs, and her scoring trails only that inaugural 2014-15 season when she averaged 20 points per game.

Scoring in double-figures in all but one contest, 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.

Carr willed her team to the title in emphatic fashion down the stretch, finishing the campaign by winning the Molten WBBL Player of the Month award for April as she led the team to 11 wins in 12 games, playing every two to three days in a hectic run-in. In that run, she averaged a near triple-double of 19.2 points, 9.6 rebounds and 7.0 assists, also nabbing 1.3 steals per game while shooting 51% from the floor.

That included a decisive contribution in the key win during that spell as they beat title rivals Leicester Riders 63-51 at home, with Carr playing all 40 minutes and putting up 20 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. That included five assists and three rebounds in just five minutes during the crucial second quarter spell where Suns turned a deficit into a lead that they would hold, as well as an assist and a score consecutively when Leicester got within two shots in the fourth.

Overall, they finished with a 19-1 record to take the BBL Championship title, having won 18 straight league games between mid-September and the end of April.

With coaches nominating their top three players, and points awarded for each position, Carr won the award by seven points ahead of Kennedy Leonard of London Lions, as she was voted in first place by seven of the ten WBBL Head Coaches, and in one of the top three spots by all of them.