The Queen Returns
Lior Klinger ,08/24/2005
Smiles spread around Safsal's system as soon as the word arrived: Amber Hall, Ms. Double Double, is returning to Israel and will join Maccabi Ramat Hen.

Maccabi Ramat Hen in one of the biggest deals of the summer signed Amber Hall, who led Elizur Ramla to a historic double (winning both championship & cup) in the 03/04 season. Hall will reunite with her teammate during that magical season in Ramla, Monika Veselovski, who signed with Ramat Hen earlier this summer.

Hall was Israel's rebounding queen in all her 4 seasons here, and was named 'Safsal's Player of the Year in 2003 & 2004 thanks to her remarkable determination, her relentless rebounding ability and captivating personality.

Hall injured her hand right before the playoffs semi finals in the 03/04 season, and missed the first 2 games against Ramat Hasharon. She then returned to the court despite her injury being far from healed, and led Ramla to the finals. In the finals, Ramla beat Ramat Hen in four games to take the championship. "God has blessed me with the opportunity to play once more" said Amber Hall, "my wrist has healed nicely and I'm looking forward to being on the court in the upcoming season."

Hall first arrived in Israel in the 00/01 season to Maccabi Raanana and won the Israeli cup. She averaged 18.5 pts and led the league in rebounding. In her 2nd season with Raanana, Hall led the team to the championship series while scoring 19.4 pts and again leading the league in rebounds with 12.9 per game.

After two years in Raanana Hall followed Tal Natan to Ramla, where she made the cup and championship finals but lost twice to Ramat Hasharon. In the regular season she averaged 17.9 pts and led the league in rebounds for the 3rd time with 13.1 RPG. Hall was also 2nd in steals per game with 3.4. In the playoffs she upped her numbers to 24.3 pts and 13.8 rebs per game. Despite the fact Ramat Hasharon won the titles, Hall was the player of the year in our minds.

In the 03/04 season, Hall scored 16 ppg and grabbed 12.5 rpg (4.8 on offense) and of course was the league's best rebounder. She also added 2.8 steals per game. In the playoffs she averaged 14.6 pts and 14.6 boards despite her serious injury.

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