ROUND 4 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Following her Round 1 Player of the Week award, Amber Merritt of the Be Active Western Stars has capped off a dominant regular season in Round 4 to help her side finish on top of the ladder.
She kicked off the weekend with a victory over the Sydney University Flames, nearing a triple-double with 19 points, 17 rebounds and eight assists while adding two steals.
A 12-4 opening term set up the win and Merritt was highly efficient at the offensive end, shooting 8-14 in a 40-minute performance.
The following morning the Stars suffered their only blemish for the season, falling to the Sydney Metro Blues by 13 points.
Merritt was still the equal-highest scorer for the contest with 24 points and seven rebounds which included 8-11 shooting from the free-throw line.
Her team was able to quickly bounce back Saturday afternoon, thrashing the Minecraft Queensland Comets by 47 points as they tallied a 28-0 advantage in points off turnovers.
Merritt out-scored the opposition by herself for the game, collecting 32 points on 15-24 shooting to go with six boards and six assists without a turnover.
On Sunday in their final clash of the round, Merritt totalled her second most productive game of the season with a 49-point performance against the Kilsyth Cobras.
Bettered only by her Round 3 game against Kilsyth when she scored 51, the forward out-scored her opposition for the second straight match as the Stars won 79-36.
She also tallied her second double-double for the weekend with 15 rebounds while her five offensive boards helped the side to score ten second chance points.
Heading into the playoffs in a fortnight, Merritt is the most dominant player in the league and the other three teams will be hard pressed to deny her a Championship this year.