The KBF Women’s Premier League finals gave us all the fireworks, KPA and Equity Hawks proving that they are still the best two teams in the country. Despite closing the series 3-1, KPA lost game 1 in Nyayo in a wild ending that saw former champions Equity fight tooth and nail.
We now take a look back at the most dominant players who were influential in the series and the possible MVP, DPOY and best scorers in the playoffs finals.
Equity Bank Hawks’ most notable players were Samba Mjomba, Melissa Akinyi and Betty Kananu. Mjomba was very consistent throughout the series averaging 11.5 Points, 5.5 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 assists. Kenya Lionesses’ captain, Melissa Akinyi came through for Equity averaging 12.5 points and 3.7 assists. Betty Kananu was working quietly and had a great playoffs performance.
Betty averaged 12.2 points and 7.2 rebounds. Although the trio had a great series, it’s obvious they needed more help especially from their front court. Salma Akinyi’s solo efforts in that wasn’t enough to deal with KPA’s deep front court.
The champions KPA had consistent, high-level performances from their usual suspects. Natalie Akinyi, Vilma Achieng and Madina Okot. Hilda Luvandwa missed two games due to an ejection in the semifinals game 3. However she returned and added her experience to the dockers’ back court.
Natalie was the engine of the team. The Lionesses’ guard has had a great year and it was just right to end it with a championship. A fifth. She averaged 13.2 points, 6.2 assists, 3.7 steals. Natalie’s performance puts her at the top of the Finals MVP debate. Vilma Achieng was also lethal the whole series and also in the playoffs. She averaged 7.2 points and 7.5 rebounds. KPA best big was Madina Okot who should also be in the MVP conversation. She impacted the game on both ends and is easily the best defender in that series.
Madina averaged 10.7 points, 13.7 rebounds with a game high of 20 rebounds in game 4. She also averaged 1.7 in blocks and steals.
For us here at Th3 Doctor’s Report, the finals series best performers are:
MVP- Natalie Akinyi, KPA
DPOY- Madina Okot, KPA
Best Scorer- Natalie Akinyi, KPA