A big crowd, including Chinese basketball legend Yao Ming, witnessed a high class game but one that got away from the Tall Ferns as they were defeated 94-71 by world #8 China.
New Zealand captain Kalani Purcell scored a career high 21 points (8/15FG) and added 5 rebounds and 4 assists. She was ably assisted by Ashleigh Karaitiana who posted 17 (7/10FG) points.
“Yes, it’s nice to have played well personally, but we didn’t win the game and we didn’t play well in the first half. We need to play Tall Ferns basketball against Korea tomorrow.”