July 25, 2017

Tall Ferns edge past Taipei to second place in group phase

The Tall Ferns got off to a very, very slow start and had a miserable first quarter. They turned the ball over eight times and made just three of 15 field goal attempts (Jillian missed four of five shots). Meanwhile, Chinese Taipei made eight of 13 attempts, including four 3-pointers and led 21-7 at the end of the first quarter

The Tall Ferns got things going a bit in the second quarter, but they were still down 35-24 at the end of the half.

The Tall Ferns stepped up their defense after the break and held Taipei scoreless until the last minute of the third quarter, which ended 38-34.

The Tall Ferns finally tied the score at 38-38 three minutes into the fourth quarter, then took the lead on a layup by Jillian. The lead switched back and forth for several minutes. Then the Tall Ferns edged ahead and won 59-53.

Jillian played for all but a minute and a half and looked exhausted (as did many of the other players). In spite of her miserable first quarter she ended as the Tall Fern's leading rebounder (15) and second-best scorer (15). She also had three assists, a steal and a block.


The victory placed the Tall Ferns second in Group A. They will face Korea (#3 in Group B) in the quarter-finals late Wednesday evening at10:30pm Pacific Time

Korea is ranked #15 worldwide by FIBA and New Zealand is #38. In the group phase, Korea lost to Australia 78-54, lost to Japan 70-56, and defeated the Phillipines 91-63.

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