Video: Tall Ferns clinch Comm Games bronze medal with classy win over Canada

Posted on April 15, 2018  in Video Games

The Tall Ferns have coasted to a 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medal with their 74-58 defeat of Canada.


The New Zealand women’s basketball team were all class in their 74-58 victory on the Gold Coast.
Source: TVNZ | Commonwealth Games

Hours after their male Tall Blacks counterparts were upset by the Canadians in their semi-final, the Ferns made no such mistake.

They raced out to an early 16-12 first-quarter lead, with Micaela Cocks dictating proceedings, and stretched their lead to eight by half-time.

Their third quarter was even more dominant, as Cocks made space for Natalie Taylor to drain several three-pointers and help her side to a 57-39 advantage.

From that point, victory – and Games bronze – was a mere formality, despite a late Canadian surge to come within 10 points of New Zealand.

The 35-year-old Taylor notched 18 points by the match’s end, all of which from behind the three-point line, while Cocks earned 16.

Charlisse Leger-Walker also chipped in with 18 points late on.

Kalani Purcell dominated the boards for seven defensive rebounds, getting her side out of jail against Canada’s tall centres, particularly Ruth Hamblin.

The Kiwis made 28 defensive rebounds in total.

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