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1980 Tall Ferns

1980 Team

Researching the past Tall Ferns teams I was sent this photo of the 198O team. I hadn’t realised that Keith Mair had been involved with the Women’s international programme before taking on the Men’s Head Coach role.

The 1980 team hosted Kentucky State University in a four game series before heading to Taiwan for the William Jones Cup.

Please share this photo with those you know will be interested and let me know if you are able to add value to the short player bios below.

Ann McLouglin – Hutt Valley and Whangarei representative Ann McLoughlin played almost 80 games for the National Team between 1979 and 1988. she appeared at the William Jones Cup in 1980 and 1981, the 1983 Commonwealth Championships in New Zealand and at two FIBA Qualifying Tournaments.

Corrina Poto – Averaging 9.6 points per game, Corrina was New Zealand’s second highest scorer at the 1988 Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Corina Cordzt had a scoring explosion at the 1994 FIBA World Championship in Australia scoring 25 points against Kenya. Made over 50 appearances in an international career that stretched from 1979 to 1994. In her senior year at Utah State University in 1982 she dished a record 14 assists in one game – a school record that still stands. One of the premier players of her era, with terrific ball handling skills – reportedly she played for the Auckland senior team as a 12-year-old. Mother Agnes Poto was Women’s National assistant Coach in 1983.

Sharon Rennell – Hutt Valley and Canterbury representative Sharon Rennell played five seasons on the national team between 1969 and 1980.

Di Robertson – Hawkes Bay representative Diane Robertson played over 40 games for the Tall Ferns from 1978-1984, the point guard captaining the team in the final year. Won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Tournament in 1983. She won seven national titles captaining the Hawkes Bay and Napier teams between 1978 and 1987. Her mother Dot Leitch was also a former New Zealand representative who was capped in 1949 and 1955. In 2010, she became the first basketballer, male or female, to be inducted into the Hawkes Bay Sports Hall of Fame.

Ann Robertson – Ann ‘Robbie’ Robertson holds the unique distinction of playing (1979-80) and coaching (1988-89) the Tall Ferns. The astute small forward began her career on the West Coast before winning multiple titles with Auckland as both a player and a coach. Her Auckland coaching tenure saw the team win 8 national titles in 12 years.

Lynne Gillies (Pugh) – Guard Lynn Gillies, out of Napier, appeared in 35 games for New Zealand, 1978-1982.

Debbie Smith – The 1980 season was Rotorua representative Debbie Smith’s  only season  in the international programme.

Carolyn Grey – One of the true legends of the game in New Zealand Carolyn had a thirty-year representative career and played for the Waikato WBC team as recently as 2012 at the age of 58! A terrific athlete and tenacious competitor Carolyn represented New Zealand from 1977-1985, selected to the All-Star 5 at the William Jones Cup in both the 1980 and 1981.  She made 70 appearances in the black singlet and was inducted into the BBNZ Hall of Fame in 2016 and a Legend Award in 2017.

Maree Brunton – Wellington representative Maree Brunton. She was comfortable playing any position from point guard to the three spot. She played close to 30 games for the National Team in three campaigns. Later she went on to coach the Wellington team.

Christine Heremaia – Christine Heremaia was a Canterbury representative.

Jenny Mather – A long serving representative player, Jenny played for both Hutt Valley and Napier. Jenny captained the Tall Ferns in 1979 and 1980.

Heather Grayburn (van Siekke) – Heather Grayburn played representative basketball for North Harbour and Otago. She played almost 50 games for the national team over 5 seasons between 1977 and 1981 captaining the side in 1981.

Tall Ferns to the fore as Melbourne Boomers finish WNBL regular season


The Melbourne Boomers completed the Australian Women’s Basketball League (WNBL) regular season with a 104-75 demolition of Perth Lynx in Melbourne on Saturday night.

All four Tall Ferns in the Boomers line-up made a contribution as Melbourne dominated from start to finish.
Kalani Purcell was at her box score filling finest adding 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals to 17 points on 7 from 9 from the field – her highest points haul of the season.

Toni Farnworth contributed 4 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists against her former club and Penina Davidson corralled 3 rebounds to go with 3 points.

Stella Beck has been a revelation starting in the point guard spot where she has had to take the place of the injured Lindsay Allen during the last month. Beck knocked down 3 from 5 from beyond the arc on her way to 11 points but it was her all-round game that impressed Boomers coach Guy Molloy.

“Stella has done an amazing job in Lindsay’s absence,” said Molloy.

“I think Stella probably feels great individually that she’s been able to step up so much and I know that the team has a lot of confidence in her,” he added.

Melbourne finished the season in third spot on the WNBL ladder with a 15-6 record, the same as Canberra Capitals who they will meet in the semi-finals.

That will be a best-of three series but will not take place until after the Australian Opals commitments at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in France (February 7-10).

NCAA Team of the Month – Kiwi Women

Despite missing the last couple of games due to illness Amiee Book still makes the NCAA Kiwi Women’s Team of the Month for November. She is joined by Kendell Heremaia, Shalae Salmon and a couple of Tall Ferns, Akiene-Tera Reed and Zoe Richards.

Aimee book

Amiee Book (Sophomore)

The 2018 Big West Conference Sixth Player of the Year has missed three of Cal State Fullerton’s early season games but when she has been on deck she has averaged 14 points per game. The former Waimea College guard scored a career high 27 points against both Southern Utah and Loyola Marymount and is shooting 44% (16/36) from beyond the arc.

Kendell Heremaia

Kendell Heremaia (Junior)

A co-captain at Fordham University Kendell Heremaia is certainly leading by example. The former St Peter’s School, Cambridge and Waikato standout is leading the Rams in rebounds (8.0rpg) and is also averaging 11.9 points and 2.9 assists per game. Her shooting numbers are good at 86% (12/14) from the foul line and 42% (17/41) from deep. She matched her career high of 19 points in Fordham’s latest win against Lehigh.


Akiene-Tera Reed (Junior)

An All-Atlantic 10 First Team selection last year the 2018 Tall Fern has missed three games due a hand injury. Akiene-Tera Reed has still averaged 11.8 points and 3.4 rebounds per game for Virginia Commonwealth Rams. Reed is shooting a remarkable 71% from beyond the three-point arc although admittedly it is a small sample size – 5 from 7 attempts.

Shalae Salmon

Shalae Salmon (Senior)

Shalae Salmon made it consecutive double-doubles with 10 points and 11 rebounds (5 offensive boards) for BYU in their 67-50 triumph against Utah State. The game was played in front of 5,800 fans at the Marriott Centre, the second largest crowd in programme history.

The Wellington Girls College alumni is averaging 8.2 points and is second on the team in rebounding with 7.2rpg for the Cougars.

Zoe Richards

Zoe Richards(Senior)

The Otago Gold Rush forward is averaging 13.3 points and 4.5 rebounds for Eckerd College having scored in double figures in all four games the Tritons have played this season. Showing the type of form that earned her Tall Ferns selection this year Richards scored a season high 18 points (9/11FG) against Georgia Southwestern recently.

Bubbling Under

 Charlotte Whittaker (Freshman)

Charlotte Whittaker has had a growing presence in her first season at Colorado. The Cantabrian has just had three straight games in double for the unbeaten Buffaloes (6-0).

She has a season best 15 points and is averaging 8.3 points and 3.0 rebounds per game.

Michelle Nicholls (Junior)

Michelle Nicholls is in her first season at Purdue Fort Wayne having transferred to the Mastodons after two years at La Salle. Scored a season high 18 points against UIC and is averaging 7.6 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.

Tegan Graham (Senior)

Tegan Graham is averaging 7.4 points and 2.5 assists for the 6-2 Colgate Raiders. The former Wellington Girls College standout scored a season high 16 points against Canisius.

McKenna Dale (Junior)

McKenna Dale missed all of last season at  Brown University due to injury. The former Junior Tall Fern is averaging 6.5 points and 3.8 rebounds since her return for the 3-5 Bears.

Eva Langton (Junior)

Eva Langton averaged 6.6 points and 4.0 rebounds for Texas A&M International. The Taranaki guard has attempted ten three-point shots and made six (60%) in her seven games for the Dustdevils in November.

Tall Ferns beat Korea but Olympic dream is over


Sport can be cruel.

Despite the Sky Sport Tall Ferns recording a memorable 69-65 victory against Korea at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Auckland on Sunday  the margin of the win wasn’t great enough to carry the Kiwis to the next stage of Olympic qualification.

With points differential deciding the placings it was China (+22) and Korea (-3) that pipped New Zealand (-19) to book their places at the final Olympic Qualifying Tournament in February.

“Funny things can happen in tournaments, Korea had an amazing win against China so we had a big ask today. But I couldn’t be any more proud of the team,” said New Zealand Head Coach Guy Molloy.

Full report here














Tall Ferns lose but Olympic dream still alive

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Ashleigh Karaitiana

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.

Full report





“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.”









Toni Farnworth makes 250th WNBL appearance in Melbourne Boomers win

Toni Farnworth boomers

All five Kiwis playing in the Australian Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) this season appeared in the same game on Sunday in Townsville.

All but one of the five are playing for Melbourne Boomers and it will be the quartet of Penina Davidson, Stella Beck, Toni Farnworth and Kalani Purcell who will be the happiest having inflicted an 80-71 defeat on Micaela Cocks and the Townsville Fire.

The match was a big occasion for veteran wing Toni Farnworth. The Cantabrian, having transferred from Perth Lynx in the off-season was playing her 250th WNBL game and didn’t miss a shot in making seven points as well as adding a pair of assists and rebounds.

Beck and Davidson are also in their inaugural seasons with the Boomers having transferred from Townsville and Adelaide Lightning respectively. Beck had 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and a block with Davidson adding 4 points and 2 rebounds.

Purcell, in her third season with the Boomers, didn’t post any points but did claim 4 rebounds, and a brace of steals in the win.

Cocks, the Townsville captain and in her ninth season with the club, had a quiet outing scoring just two points.

Melbourne boast a 4-0 start to the season to head the WNBL table with the Fire languishing last with an 0-4 record.

Kiwis in college preview – NCAA Division II Women

Zoe Richards

Zoe Richards

The New Zealand lineup playing NCAA Division II Women’s basketball in 2019/20 is led by 2019 Tall Fern Zoe Richards.

Richards, who also played for Otago Gold Rush in the 2019 Womens Basketball Championship (WBC) alongside sister Brittany, is in her final year at Eckerd College, Florida


Georgia Perrott-Hunt (Tiffin University)

Season 18/19 Games 28, Starts 4, Points 142 (5.1ppg), Rebounds 90 (3.2rpg)

The Former Westlake Girls small forward spent two years at Junior College prior to Tiffin.

The older sister of Tall Black Kruz Perrott-Hunt graduated from North Dakota State College of Science in 2018.

Played all 28 games for Tiffin last season.

Georgia P-H

Georgia Perrott-Hunt

Brittany Richards (University of Alaska Fairbanks)

Season 18/19 Games 22, Points 52 (2.4ppg), Rebounds 48 (2.2rpg)

Scored a career best 14 points v Western Oregon last season.

Brittany and twin sister Zoe spent a season at Gillette College after leaving St Hilda’s Collegiate, Dunedin.

Zoe Richards (Eckerd College)

Season 18/19 Games 32, Points 341 (10.7ppg), Rebounds 127 (4.0rpg)

Last season was second on the team in scoring (10.7ppg) and led the Tritons in field goal percentage (55.0%). Named to the Sunshine State Conference All-Tournament team.

Zoe and twin sister Brittany spent a season at Gillette College after leaving St Hilda’s Collegiate, Dunedin.

Made her Tall Ferns debut against Japan in 2019



Charlotte Armstrong (Barry University, Miami)

Season 18/19 Games 23, Starts 0, Points 54 (2.3ppg), Rebounds 79 (3.4rpg)

The versatile forward out of Epsom Girls Grammar can expect more opportunities in her Junior year. Was second on the Buccaneers shot blocking list last season with 23 including a career best 7 v Florida.

Eva Langton (Texas A&M International)

Prior to Texas A&M the Taranaki Thunder guard attended Western Nebraska Community College. Schooled at St Mary’s Diocesan, Stratford.

Zarya Poulava (University of Mount Olive)

Season 18/19 Games 15, Starts 1, Points 36 (2.4ppg), Rebounds 29 (1.9rpg)

The Hamilton Girls High alumni attended Missouri Western State University for one year prior to Mount Olive.



Chanel Brodeur-Muir (St Thomas Aquinas College)

Season 18/19 Games 18, Starts 0, Points 25 (1.4ppg)

Brodeur-Muir finished high school at Westlake Girls having previously attended Kristin School.

Tanaka Gapare (Tuskegee University, Alabama)

Played at Odessa Community College in her freshman year after graduating from Samuel Marsden High School.

Played for the 3×3 Tall Ferns at the 2019 FIBA Asia Cup in China.

Tanaka Gapare

Tanaka Gapare in action for Tall Fern 3×3 team


Madison Hema (Washburn University)

Attended Castle View High School Colorado, dad Matt is a Kiwi who evidently played for the Otago Nuggets.

Played for New Zealand at the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup in Belarus.

Tessa Talo-Tomokino (Northeastern State University)

Graduated from Mt Albert Grammar School.

Played for New Zealand at the 2018 FIBA Asia Cup in India.


In addition to ten NCAA Division II Women playing in the States Olivia Bell is attending an NAIA Division I college.

Olivia Bell (Peru State College)

Peru State College, Nebraska play National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division I basketball.

The former Westlake Girls forward has spent the last two years at North Dakota State College of Science.

Kiwis in College Preview – NCAA Div 1 Women

Tera Reed

The 2019/20 American collegiate season begins shortly an in the first of a number of previews we take a look at the twenty-one New Zealand women that are preparing for the Women’s NCAA Division I basketball season. This number is slightly down on last season when 24 Kiwis were on Division I scholarships, the same number as 2017/18.

Below we take a brief look at the accomplishments of the 21 players, most of whom have played age-group basketball for New Zealand. In the cases of Krystal Leger-Walker, Katelin Noyer, Zara Jillings, Akiene Tera-Reed and Amy West they have also played for the Tall Ferns.


Tegan Graham (Colgate University)

Season 18/19 Games 29, Starts 17, Points 222 (7.7ppg), Rebounds 69 (2.4rpg), Assists 63 (2.2apg)

Graham finished the season fourth on the Raiders (12-17) scoring list and third in the assists column. The former Wellington Girls College guard scored a career high 24 points against Army West Point in February – the start of a three-game spell where she scored 20 points or more.

Graham has totaled 425 career points in 68 appearances for Colgate to date.

Krystal Leger-Walker (Washington State University)

Season 18/19 at Northern Colorado. Games 27, Starts 24, Points 240 (8.9ppg), Rebounds 125 (4.6rpg), Assists 148 (5.5apg), Steals 53 (2.0spg)

Having transferred from the University of Northern Colorado Bears to Washington State University Leger-Walker will be obliged to sit out the 2019-20 season in accordance with NCAA rules.

Last season, averaging 37 minutes per game, Leger-Walker was fourth in scoring for the Bears with 240 points. In addition she led the Big Sky Conference in assists averaging 5.5 per game and ranked 5thin steals with 2 per game.

The 2016 Tall Fern played 90 career games for the Bears amassing 564 points and 378 assists. The 21-11 Bears fell at the semi-final stage of the Big Sky Conference Tournament after finishing runners-up in the regular season.

Kayla Manuirirangi (Tulane University)

Season 18/19 Games 30, Starts 20, Points 181 (6.0ppg), Rebounds 50 (1.7rpg), Assists 42 (1.4apg)

The former New Plymouth Girls High standout played all 30 games for the Greenwave finishing fourth in scoring with 181 points, making a season best 17 points against SMU in January. The combo guard has played 88 games for Tulane accumulating 461 career points.

Tulane finished last season with a 15-15 record but a disappointing 5-11 in the American Conference.

Katelin Noyer (Fresno State University)

Season 18/19 Games 10, Starts 1 Points 20 (2.0ppg)

Noyer, the former Westlake Girls forward endured a frustrating, injury ravaged, final year with the Bulldogs.

The 2016 Tall Fern picked up a foot injury on Fresno’s pre-season European tour necessitating several weeks in a moon boot recovering from surgery. She returned for the final ten games of the season but didn’t receive much love from the coach averaging just six minutes per game.

Shalae Salmon (Brigham Young University)

Season 18/19 Games 29, Starts 22, Points 163 (5.6.0ppg), Rebounds 120 (4.1rpg)

Salmon was a key member of the Cougars that won the West Coast Conference Championship beating No 1 seed Gonzaga in the final. The victory took them to the NCAA Tournament where they were defeated in the second round.

Scored a career high 19 points against California Baptist in November. Also in November claimed 10 rebounds against Utah Valley although her career high sits at 17 achieved 12 months earlier.

In her BYU career the former Wellington Girls College forward has accumulated 362 points, 336 rebounds and 59 blocks.

Khaedin Taito (Brigham Young University)

Season 18/19 Games 3

Taito has had an injury plagued two years at BYU. After redshirting in 2016-17 Taito has played just seven games since, three of them this season.



McKenna Dale (Brown University)

Season 18/19 DNP

 Dale unfortunately missed all of last season due to an ACL injury.

Attended Edwin O Smith High School, Connecticut where Dale was also an accomplished swimmer. Represented the Junior Tall Ferns in 2016.

Heremaia v reed

Kendell Heremaia (Fordham University)

Season 18/19 Games 34, Starts 33, Points 275 (8.1ppg), Rebounds 178 (5.2rpg), Assists 80 (2.4apg).

Heremaia made every post a winner in her second year at Fordham, starting in all but one of Fordham’s games in a season that would see them claim their first Atlantic 10 Championship.

She scored a career high 17 points against Texas in November and pulled down a career best 16 rebounds against St Louis in January. The former St Peter’s, Cambridge dynamo was top 10 in the conference three-point shooting, scoring at 35%.

Joellen How (Wagner College)

Season 18/19 Games 30, Starts 4, Points 84 (2.8ppg), Rebounds 33 (1.1rpg), Assists 30 (1.0apg).

 The former New Plymouth Girls High guard played all 30 games for the Seahawks last season and dished a career high 7 assists against Central Connecticut.

Named to the Northeast Conference Academic Honours Roll in 2018 and 2019.

Zara Jillings (Fordham University)

Season 18/19 Games 34, Starts 4, Points 110 (3.2ppg), Rebounds 91 (2.7rpg), Assists 50 (1.5apg).

 Jillings, the former Westlake Girls guard played all 34 games for the Ramsin a season that saw them claim their first Atlantic 10 Championship.

Played a key role coming off the bench recording the second best field goal percentage on the team (47%) and also made 50 assists.

A member of the Tall Ferns team that won bronze at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

 Michelle Nicholls (University of Purdue, Fort Wayne)

Season 18/19 Games 31, Starts 15, Points 230 (7.4ppg), Rebounds 86 (2.8rpg), Assists 73 (2.4apg).

Nicholls has transferred to Purdue, Fort Wayne after two years at La Salle University.

Played all 31 games for La Salle last season scoring ten or more points on five occasions including a career high 23 points against Rhode Island.

Akiene-Tera Reed (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Season 18/19 Games 31, Starts 31, Points 388 (12.5ppg), Rebounds 169 (5.8rpg), Assists 70 (2.3apg).

Started all 31 games for VCU who went all the way to the Atlantic 10 Championship Final. Reed earned First Team All-Atlantic 10 honours after leading the VCU scoring for a second consecutive season. Finished top ten in the conference from the foul line (79%).

Made her Tall Ferns debut at the William Jones Cup in 2017.


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Amiee Book (California State University Fullerton)

Season 18/19 Games 29, Starts 7, Points 282 (9.7), Rebounds 124 (4.3rpg), Assists 27 (0.9apg).

After an outstanding freshman season Book was named Big West Conference Sixth Player of the Year. Her 43.2% three-point shooting led the Titans and was the third best three-point shooting season in programme history. Scored a career high 18 points v UC Davis.

 Book attended Waimea College in Nelson before moving to Middleton Grange in Christchurch.

Jade Kirisome (St Mary’s, California)

Season 18/19 Games 33, Starts 1, Points 133 (4.0), Rebounds 58 (1.8rpg), Assists 20 (0.6apg).

Played all 33 games for Furnham University in her freshman season but then transferred to St Mary’s.

Schooled at Brisbane State High School and played for New Zealand at the 2017 FIBA U17 Oceania Championships.

Tsubasa Nisbett (Georgia Southern University)

Season 18/19 Games 13, Starts 0, Rebounds 9, Assists 2.

 The ex-Burnside High School forward had a disrupted freshman year playing just the 13 games for the Eagles.

Named on the Sun Belt Conference Academic Commissioner’s List.

 Pareunora Pene (University of Tennessee Chattanooga)

Season 18/19 Games 11, Starts 0, Points 11, Assists 3.

 The former Rotorua Girls High standout played 11 games in her freshman season for the Mocs and will be aiming for increased court time in her second season.

 Sariah Penese (University of Maryland Baltimore)

Season 18/19 Games 22, Starts 5, Points 27 (1.3), Rebounds 29 (1.8rpg), Assists 16 (0.7apg).

Captained St Mary’s College, Wellington to the Schick Championship title in 2017.  Penese played 22 games last season for the Retrievers and had a season high 5 points against Albany.

 Amy West (St Mary’s College, California)

Season 18/19 Games 20, Starts 0, Points 25 (1.3), Rebounds 23 (1.2rpg), Blocks 5.

West, who made her Tall Ferns debut earlier this year at the William Jones Cup will, in accordance with NCAA regulations, redshirt the 2019-20 season after transferring from Liberty University where she spent her freshman year.

The Palmerston North Girls High forward played 20 games for Liberty Flames last season.



 Tara Manumaleuga (University of Arizona in Tucson)

 Attended Hillcrest Christian College in Queensland. Played for New Zealand at the 2018 FIBA World Cup in Belarus.

Kaylee Smiler (BYU)

 Smiler attended Melville High School in Hamilton and played on a number of Waikato championship winning teams. Redshirted at BYU during the 2018/19 season.

Charlotte Whittaker (University of Colorado)

 As a 16 year old Whittaker played for New Zealand Select against China B and has played for a number of New Zealand age-group teams.She averaged 13.8ppg for the Junior Tall Ferns at the Asia Cup in India last year.The 1.90m centre attended St Andrew’s College, Christchurch.

charlotte whittaker

Tall Ferns finish fifth at Asia Cup

Tall Ferns at 17 Asia cup

The Sky Sport Tall Ferns have gone one place better than 2017 at the FIBA Asia Cup in Bangalore, India.

When the two teams met at the previous Asia Cup that year Chinese Taipei beat the Tall Ferns 65-45 to claim fifth place but the placings were reversed on Saturday night, the Tall Ferns winning 71-56.

All 12 players hit the court including a welcome return from illness for Ella Fotu.

Micaela Cocks led the Tall Ferns scoring with 18 points while Kalani Purcell was within a point of a double-double with 9 points and 11 rebounds.

Other scorers for the Tall Ferns were: Nat Taylor 12, Stella Beck 9, Tessa Boagni 7, Ashleigh Karaitiana 7, Ella Fotu 4, Chev Paalvast 3, Charlisse Leger-Walker 2.

Cocks led the New Zealand scoring at the tournament averaging 10.8 points per game, Purcell (7.6rpg) was comfortably the highest rebounder and she also dished the most assists (2.8apg).

Tessa Boagni finished with the best field goal percentage making 14 shots from 35 at 40% and Cocks was the best three-point shooter – 10/26 at 39%. The Tall Ferns veteran was also the best free-throw shooter making all 6 of her shots from the charity stripe.

Full report here



Tall Ferns lose to Australia at Asia Cup


Tall Ferns.jpegThings were going reasonably well for the Tall Ferns at the back end of the first half against Australia at the FIBA Asia Cup in India on Wednesday.

Micaela Cocks had scored eight straight points and Australia required a timeout as their early lead had been trimmed to two points (21-19).

Australia scored on the resumption but Penina Davidson replied immediately. An 8-0 Aussie run was halted by a Toni Farnworth bucket but after that the Tall Ferns offence hit a green and gold wall as the the Australian lead built to 43-25 at half-time, 63-31 at three-quarters and 82-44 by the full time siren.

Scorers for the Tall Ferns were:

Farnworth 12, Cocks 10,A Karaitiana 6, P Davidson 4, Beck 4, Leger-Walker 3, Taylor 3, Boagni 2

Full rteport here