Tall Ferns beaten in Olympic qualifier

November 17, 2019

The Tall Ferns have been beaten in their second match at an Olympic qualifying event in Auckland.

The Tall Ferns lost 94-71 against China. 

New Zealand struggled against the size of the world number eight side.

China was in control from the start and led 50-29 at the break. 

The second half was a lot closer, which will please the Tall Ferns, they drew the third quarter 19-19 and lost the final frame by just two, but the damage was already done. 

Chinese shooting guard Meng Li top-scored for the visitors with 18 points, and four assists.

For the Kiwis, captain Kalani Purcell led the way with a game-high 21 points.

The Tall Ferns will need to beat Korea on Sunday night to have any hopes of reaching the Tokyo Olympics.

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good luck!!!