After placing 2nd in the 2010 Youth Pacific Championship, New Zealand came into the game with a weight of expectation hanging over them.

New Zealand proved themselves determined by scoring over 30 goals in the first half.

In a standout performance, Hanna Tusa helped her team take an early lead by receiving 15 rebounds and 12 points.

In response for intense half made by New Zealand, Fiji’s Grace Fifita scored a three pointer within the first few minutes.

New Zealand responded to this strait away by scoring a three pointer of their own.

Fiji rivaled New Zealand in the statistics of rebounds lead by Tiyana Kainamoli with eleven rebounds.

Despite being physically evenly matched, New Zealand’s skill and positional play helped their extent their lead. 

Overall New Zealand cemented themselves as a contender of the championship by their depth of field within the side. New Zealand had a comfortable win of 57 to 30.

By Jed Toohey from The Reporters' Academy

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2015 FIBA Calendar

FIBA Agent Licensing Test
Canberra, 10th June
 
FIBA U19 World Championship for Men  
                     

Crete, Greece 27th June to 5th July

28th Summer Universiade
TBC, 3rd to 14th July

XIVth Pacific Games
Port Moresby, PNG July 4th to 18th July


FIBA Oceania Board Meeting
Port Moresby, PNG 13th July


FIBA U19 World Championship for Women
Russia, 18th July to 26th July

Olympic Test Event
TBC, 1st August

FIBA Oceania Championships for Men & Women
NZL/AUS, 16th to 19th August

FIBA Agent Licensing Test
Canberra, 11th November

Oceania U16 Qualifications for Men & Women
          

TBC, 1st to 10th December

        

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