Round 4 MVP – Tanisha Wright
Safsal ,10/30/2007
Tanisha Wright & Mistie Williams represent the lone undefeated team in round 4's First Team, joining them are Holon's rebounding machine and two Israelis.
In 'After Shock' – Safsal gives Hertzeliya props, spots a trend in Ramat Hen and searches for some defense.

Round 4 MVP – Tanisha Wright
Raanana Hertzeliya played a very impressive game in a win over Ramat Hasharon, and it was Tanisha Wright who ran the show with 25 points, 11 assists and 7 rebounds. Everything went through Wright, she knew how to feed the ball inside and find the open shooters outside, and when to take it to the basket herself to lead her team to victory.

Round 4 First Team
Bat-El Lazmi – Tel Kabir chose to focus on Lazmi's backcourt mate, Brandi McCain, and she made sure to spoil their plans. Lazmi finished with 11 points, including a big three to snap a 59-59 tie with under 7 minutes to play in a close game. On defense Lazmi harassed Renee Taylor into making just 4 of 14 shots. Her steal with 1:40 left to play sparked an 8-4 Ashdod run which she sealed with two free throws to ice the win.

Tanisha Wright – Raanana Hertzeliya's guard did a lot of everything in her team's 4th straight win.

Mistie Williams – 28 points, three missed shots. Williams finished time after time under the basket and punished Ramat Hasharon each time the defense was late from mid range and was the anchor for the league's best offense.

DeTrina White – Led Holon to an important win at Hapoel Tel Aviv with 27 points, there was no boxscore but we're sure her double double streak is still intact.

Katia Abramzon – Great game for Abramzon who took advantage of Tangela Smith's foul trouble and finished with 15 points on 6 for 8 shooting and 8 rebounds in Ramla's win at Ramat Hen.

After Shock
Raanana Hertzeliya Rising
It's time to give credit where credit is due. Raanana Hertzeliya's offensive game is flowing perfectly and is fun to watch. All four foreigners are averaging double figures points, four Israelis are playing significant minutes and can contribute a lot more and the team beat four legitimate final four teams including Ramla & Ramat Hasharon. If they keep this up we'll revel some facts from our archive about undefeated teams, but it's too early right now. Back to the props - Raanana Hertzeliya leads the league in points per game with 89.2, is ranked 2nd in assists per game with 15.5 and 2nd in 3pt shooting with 44.8% from three, plus they missed 8.5 free throws per game (59%!!).

Slow Starts
Ramat Hen has had a few trends over the last few years, one of them is a tendency to stay in the blocks. This season after four games their record is 2-2, with two major defeats at home to Raanana Hertzeliya and Ramla. Last year the team also struggled early with two losses to lower playoff teams and a 2-5 record after seven games until the holiday break which brought on a roster change. In the year before that, you guessed it, bad start with a 2-2 record and inconsistency, until Deanna Jackson came on board in the role of savior. In the season before that one, believe it or not, 1-3 in the first four games and a new foreigner in round 5.

We don't know how Ramat Hen is going to snap out of this year's early season funk, because it's not just about the losses but rather about how the team looks. We don't know if they need to replace a foreigner or not and if so than who. Still it's worth mentioning that in each of the seasons mentioned above, Ramat Hen made the top 4 and even made the finals once.

The Defense Rests
Only one team in the league is allowing less than 75 points per game, and shockingly enough it's Ramat Hasharon. In comparison, in the last couple of seasons at least four teams fit under that category. Obviously the TV likes it and we're enjoying it too, but still it's puzzling and probably related to the jam packed schedule of two games a week. We're summing up round four and the calendar still stays October.







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