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WNBL PotW: This caps it off

LET'S not pretend it's ever that easy picking the round's Basketball On The Internet "Player of the Week" but this time it came down to a tight two-way battle.

Sydney Uni Flames forward Alice Kunek assuredly put up her hand for major consideration and so too did Uni of Canberra Capitals' Keely Froling.

Melbourne Boomers' star import Lindsay Allen was huge in the win over Adelaide Lightning, which again had last round's winner, Brianna Turner, producing a double-double of 19 points, 11 rebounds.

In Sydney's upset over a depleted Southside, Flyers forward Sara Blicavs still put in a strong game but in the end, it was Kunek or Froling for the coveted Player of the Week accolade.

Kunek played two games over the round to Froling's one, and both of them played against Bendigo.

Kunek scored 20 in the win over the Spirit, on 7-of-13 shooting, with 1-of-2 threes, six rebounds, two assists and a steal.

Against the league-leading Flyers, Kunek posted 27 points on 11-of-19, with 3-of-7 triples, 11 rebounds and four assists.

It gave her round averages of 23.5 points at 56 percent, 8.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 0.5 of a steal.

A strong argument can be made she saved her best for the competition's pacesetting team, which is worth great kudos. But it also is true Southside was down Jenna O'Hea and Mercedes Russell, Kunek is a regular starter and played up to her ability, arguably against lesser Flyers' talent.

That's not to diminish a terrific performance at all, merely to put it into full context.

With league MVP and multiple Rachael Sporn Medallist Kelsey Griffin ruled out of the Canberra team for six weeks due to a severe ankle injury, the Capitals needed someone to step up and take on an extra load.

Froling did just that. Promoted into the starting quintet against Bendigo, the tall forward delivered 30 points at 61 percent, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals to be the dominant player on the court for a very solid win.

For us, it also made her the dominant Player of the Week, narrowly giving her the nod ahead of a very close Kunek. BASKETBALL ON THE INTERNET PLAYER of the Week

Round 1 Kelsey Griffin (Capitals)
Round 2 Jenna O’Hea (Flyers)
Round 3 Brianna Turner (Lightning)
Round 4 Abby Bishop (Fire)
Round 5 Katie-Rae Ebzery (Lynx)
Round 6 Lindsay Allen (Boomers)
Round 7 Mercedes Russell (Flyers)
Round 8 Colleen Planeta (Flames)
Round 9 Brianna Turner (Lightning)
Round 10 Keely Froling (Capitals)

Dec 23

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