Australia sweep Oceania Championship series
- Sep 2, 2009 Australia - New Zealand 97:57
Australia booked their ticket to the World Championship. They held off New
Zealand in the second game of the Oceania Championship series to secure
their presence at the Worlds main event in Czech Republic next year. The
Opals dominated every aspect of the encounter and deservedly posted an
overwhelming win over their inexperienced opponents. New Zealand team
featured eight rookies and looked for necessary experience of the battle at
the highest possible level.
Australia stepped on the gas right from the start. They tipped off the game
with 17:2 run and scored 27 points in the opening stanza. They built a
12-point advantage after ten minutes and continued to run away in the second
frame. The gap grew at 26-point mark at the interval. The Tall Ferns finally
held the hosts below 20-point mark in the third quarter but still could not
cut the deficit. Australia eased into the fourth stanza ahead by 31 points.
New Zealand still remained competitive and burst out with an 11:2 run in the
fourth term to sweeten the pill.
Jessica Bibby (169-G-79) scored 19 points for the Opals.
Elizabeth Folake Cambage (203-C-91) produced 18 points, while
Elyse Penaluna (193-C-88) had 10 points for the winners.
Toni Edmondson (180-F-87) responded with 11 points for the Tall Ferns.
Day 5. Semifinals and Finals in Saipan - Jun.
Australia New Zealand 68:45 Australia held off their cross-Tasman rivals New Zealand to celebrate
the Oceania Championship crown. Australia finished the tournament undefeated and
deservedly clinched the top spot in the ladder.
Rebecca Cole scored 18 points and pulled down 9 rebounds to lead the charge
in the championship game.
The teams looked well matched in the starting frame as New Zealand answered
almost every attempt from the Aussies. The Emerging Tall Ferns trailed by just 2
points at the first intermission but collapsed in the second quarter. They shot
just 1/20 from the field and managed 2 points to allow their opponents to run
away. Australia cleared off to a 26-point distance at halftime making a huge
step towards victory.
Australia stayed focused in the third period keeping the Emerging Tall Ferns at
bay. The margin grew at 28 points with ten minutes left and the outcome was
obvious from now on. New Zealand won the final quarter with little impact on the
final outcome though.
Caitlin Rowe (187-F/C-91) produced 16 points and 11 rebounds for Australia.
Hope Terdich (192-F-86) had 11 points and 7 rebounds in the winning case.
Jelena Vucinic answered with 9 points for New Zealand.
Miriam Slatter tallied 7 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.
Australia outrebounded New Zealand 52:36 and held those to just 21% from the
Bronze medals game
Guam - New Caledonia 61:59 Guam clinched the third spot at the Oceania Championship in Saipan.
They held off New Caledonia in a tight battle to take the bronze medals.
The teams were plagued by low accuracy in the opening frame teaming up for just
14 points tied at 7 apiece. The tempo grew substantially in the second quarter.
Guam fired four three-pointers in the period to accumulate a 30:29 lead at
halftime. New Caledonia reacted with minor success in the third frame as they
drew things level at 45 heading into the final period.
Clarissa Passa helped New Caledonia to a 7-point lead midway through the
final term. But Guam refused to fold and bounced back.
Derin Santos and
Maree Pelkey dragged the teams back in the contest denying the deficit.
Raelene Tajalle knocked down a decisive free throw late in the encounter to
propel Guam to a narrow victory at the end.
Derin Santos stepped up with 13 points to lead Guam.
Ritalynn Anderson and Brainna Benito secured 10 points apiece for the
Clarissa Passa answered with 13 points for New Caledonia.
Yolaine Koteureu and
Yolande Luepak notched 12 points apiece in defeat.
Australia - Guam 68:33
Australian selection paved their way into the Oceania championship title game.
They eased past Guam in the semifinal earlier today to enter the main game of
the competition. Australia thumped their opponents defensively and ensured a
decisive lead in the first half. Australia allowed Guam to account for just 3
points in the starting frame and grabbed a 13-point lead. Guam quite
unexpectedly outrebounded their opponents in the second frame but shot just 4/22
from the field to trail by 23 points at halftime. Australia continued to keep
Guam under the pressure in the second half extending the advantage. The Aussies
coasted to a 34-point lead with one quarter remaining. A well-balanced effort
saw Australia post a confident victory at the end.
Rebecca Campigli (177-G-90) and
Emma Lobb (188-F-90) came up with 11 points apiece to propel Australia to
Caitlin Rowe knocked down 10 points in the victory.
Maree Pelkey responded with 10 points and 6 boards for Guam.
Kathryn Castro and
Raelene Tajalle had 7 points each in defeat.
Australia will face New Zealand in the title decider. Guam will take on New
Caledonia for the Bronze medals.
New Zealand - New Caledonia 71:39 New Zealand Emerging Tall Ferns reached the championship game at the
2009 Oceania tournament. Earlier today they held off New Caledonia to make it to
the Final. New Zealand will now face Australia in the title decider.
New Caledonia could not cope with nervousness at the start of the game. They
committed deadly 16 turnovers in the first period to trail by 13 points after
ten minutes. New Caledonia tried to outmuscle New Zealand in the second quarter.
They outrebounded the Emerging Tall Ferns 14:9 in the period but could not win
the stanza. New Zealand rolled to a 16-point lead at halftime. The Emerging Tall
Ferns adjusted their game inside the paint as they grabbed 21 boards in the
third stanza en route to a comfortable 21-point cushion with ten minutes to go.
New Caledonia had no chance in the final frame and though they notched 15 points
New Zealand stormed to the win at the end.
Miranda Caldwell provided 18 points and 11 boards for New Zealand.
Philippa Connell added 12 points and 10 boards for the winners.
Eugenie Folituu responded with 9 points and 7 boards for New Caledonia.
Yolaine Koteureu finished with 8 points and 9 boards in the losing effort.
Day 4. The end of preliminary round in Saipan - Jun.
25, 2009 New
Zealand - New Caledonia 101:43 New Zealand claimed the second spot in the preliminary pool. They beat
New Caledonia to improve at 3-1 record. New Caledonia slipped at 2-2 record in
the third position.
New Caledonia were plagued by turnovers as they committed 61 of those. Eighteen
happened in the opening frame as New Zealand took control. The Emerging Tall
Ferns cleared off to an 8-point advantage at the first break. New Zealand
continued to mount the pressure as they built a 24-point lead at the interval.
The third period turned into a real disaster for New Caledonia as they managed
just 7 points and entered the final quarter down by 47 points. The Emerging Tall
Ferns cruised to the victory in the final stanza as three players completed the
encounter with 16 points apiece.
Zoe Kensington and
Emma Gillespie led the charge for New Zealand. Miranda Caldwell added 15
points and 8 boards for the winners.
Myriam Fenuafanote responded with 16 points and 6 rebounds for New
New Zealand outrebounded their opponents 47:36 and sank 48% from the field.
The semifinal game are slated to be played tomorrow.
Northern Mariana Islands - Australia 24:97 Australia celebrated the fourth consecutive win at the Oceania
championship in Saipan. They held off Northern Mariana Islands on the last day
of the preliminary round. Australia advanced into the semifinals from the top
spot and would now face Guam. Northern Mariana Islands had their backs against
wall with no wins before the game. But the difference was overwhelming as
Australia started to prove that right after the start. The Aussie team raced to
a 15-point lead after ten minutes. Australia maintained the lead and though
Northern Mariana Islands played it safe committing not that many turnovers they
could not threaten the margin. Australia stretched the gap to as many as 37
points at halftime. The offensive struggled persisted for the hosts in the
second half. They accounted for only 12 points in the next two frames allowing
Australia to coast to the win.
Hope Terdich (192-F-86) and
Rebecca Cole came up with 16 points apiece for Australia.
Emma Lobb (188-F-90) added 14 points and 18 rebounds in the victory.
Concepcion Camacho responded with 10 points for Northern Mariana Islands.
Nicole Lebria had 7 points in defeat.
The semifinals are scheduled for tomorrow.
Day 3. Results and stats from Saipan - Jun.
Australia - Guam 92:12 Australian team cruised to the second win at the Oceania tournament.
They thumped Guam to climb at 2-0 record on top of the standings. Guam in the
meantime slipped at 1-3 record.
Australia entered the game as obvious favorites and did not waste too much time
to prove it. They outscored Guam 20:5 in the starting frame to earn a healthy
lead. The second term turned into a real disaster for Guam. They missed all of
their 10 field goals and came up empty in the quarter. Australia on the other
hand accounted for 26 points to extend the margin at 41 points. Guam continued
to struggle offensively in the third stanza. They managed just 2 points allowing
Australia to run away for good.
Emma Lobb (188-F-90) knocked down 22 points to pace Australia.
Caitlin Rowe (187-F/C-91) added 20 points and 16 boards, while
Rebecca Cole had 14 points in the victory.
Ritalynn Anderson and
Kathryn Castro provided 6 points each for Guam in defeat.
Australia outrebounded their opponents 70:17 and forced those to 23 turnovers.
Northern Mariana Islands - New Zealand 27:139 New Zealand eased to the second straight win at the Oceania
championship in Saipan. They crunched the hosts in the third round of action to
share the top spot in the ladder with Australia. Northern Mariana Islands fell
at 0-3 record at the start.
New Zealand got advantage of 16 turnovers from the home team in the opening
frame to account for 31 points as they grabbed a 27-point advantage. New Zealand
went on with the onslaught in the second frame. They limited their opponents to
just 7 points in the period and piled up a 48-point lead at the interval. New
Zealand showed some rare offensive exposure in the third quarter. They knocked
down massive 48 points to stun CNMI. The Kiwis cruised to an improbable
139-points mark at the end of the game and celebrated resounding victory.
Miriam Slatter poured in 29 points and 9 boards to lead New Zealand.
Miranda Caldwell (174-G-88) had 23 points, 11 boards and 5 assists for the
Concepcion Camacho responded with 16 points for Northern Mariana Islands.
She however added 16 turnovers to her tally. New Zealand outrebounded the hosts
69:28 and forced those to woeful 60 turnovers.
Australia - New Zealand 77:62 Australia remained a standout team at the Oceania tournament. They
posted the third straight win overcoming the archrivals New Zealand today in
Saipan. Australia climbed at 3-0 record, leaving New Zealand at 2-1 in the
Australia dominated in the opening frame winning the battle on the boards. They
earned a 19:12 advantage at the first intermission. But New Zealand were ready
for the challenge.
Zoe Kensington stepped up for the Kiwis as they struck back in the second
period. New Zealand won the frame trimming the margin to just 4 points at
halftime. But Australia proved the strength after the main break.
Rebecca Cole and
Caitlin Rowe ignited a decisive rally in the third frame that put Australia
in charge for good. They built an 11-point cushion into the final frame and
never looked back en route to the victory.
Caitlin Rowe and
Rebecca Cole produced 18 points apiece to lead Australia.
Samantha Creed had 14 points in the winning case.
Zoe Kensington provided 16 points for New Zealand.
Jelena Vucinic had 13 points in the losing effort.
Australia outrebounded their opponents 50:37 and managed to overcome 26
turnovers down the stretch.
New Caledonia - Guam 47:31 New Caledonia recorded the second consecutive victory at the Oceania
championship held in Saipan. Earlier today they held off Guam to improve at 2-1
record. Guam suffered the third loss and slipped at 1-3 record in the standings.
The game turned into a physical battle as the teams concentrated on defense. A
low-scoring affair saw New Caledonia grab an 11:7 advantage after ten minutes.
Guam adjusted their defense in the second quarter outrebounding the opponents
20:15 but had little profit out of the fact. Guam sank just 3/26 from the field
and lost the quarter 6:15. Guam fought bravely in the third stanza as they
managed to limit New Caledonia to just 7 points and clipped the deficit. But the
margin still read double digits and New Caledonia cruised to the victory at the
Clarissa Passa and
Yolande Luepak secured 11 points apiece for New Caledonia.
Diana Moutry had 8 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side.
Derin Santos answered with 10 points and 7 rebounds for Guam.
Brianna Benito notched 6 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.
New Caledonia will face New Zealand for the second overall spot on Thursday.
Day 2. Results and stats from Saipan - Jun. 22, 2009 New
Zealand - Guam 92:27 New Zealand opened their Oceania championship campaign today. They
faced Guam in the opener and rallied to a resounding 65-point victory. Guam
entered the game having one win in store but could not match a fierce New
Zealand team. Kiwis came up with 11 steals in the starting frame forcing their
opponents to 14 turnovers at the same time. Guam scored only 5 points in the
first frame and appeared trailing by 21 points at the first intermission. Things
got little better for Guam in the second frame. New Zealand team got sloppy
committing 8 turnovers on their own and scoring only 12 points in the quarter.
It did not help Guam though. The gap grew at 25 points at halftime. New Zealand
did not waste too much time after the major break before dismantling Guam. The
Kiwis fired 28 points in the third stanza to accumulate an insurmountable
48-point buffer after three quarters of action. New Zealand sealed the deal in
the fourth quarter celebrating a confident victory at the end.
Natalie Moore and
Zoe Kensington stepped up with 15 points apiece for New Zealand.
Miriam Slatter had 14 points and 7 boards for the winning team.
Ritalynn Anderson responded with 10 points for Guam.
Derin Santos notched 8 points in the losing effort.
CNMI - New Caledonia 48:85 New Caledonia celebrated the first win at the Oceania championship in
Saipan. They defeated the hosts today to climb at 1-1 record. Northern Mariana
Islands slipped at 0-2 record at the bottom of the ladder.
New Caledonia used an aggressive first half to pile up a decisive lead in this
one. The hosts shot just 2/18 from the field in the opening frame to account for
only 4 points. New Caledonia capitalized taking a 13:4 lead into the second
period. New Caledonia overcame 11 turnovers in the second period to stretch the
lead to as many as 24 points at the interval. Northern Mariana Islands gained
the tempo in the third frame. They fired 20 points but New Caledonia matched the
effort. They maintained the lead and entered the fourth period ahead by 27
points. The home team had little chance of threatening the margin. New Caledonia
poured in 26 points and finalized a comfortable victory at the end.
Vahiana Fuller nailed 17 points and pulled down 10 boards to pace New
Yolaine Koteureu had 15 points, 10 boards and 2 assists, while
Myriam Fenuafanote topscored with 21 points for the winners.
Li'Amwar Ramgamar responded with 13 points and 6 steals for Northern Mariana
Concepcion Camacho knocked down 12 points in defeat.
Day 1. Results and stats from Saipan - Jun.
21, 2009 Guam
- Northern Mariana Islands 70:47 Guam posted the first win at the Oceania tournament in Saipan. They
overcame the hosts to improve at 1-0 record. Guam dominated from start to finish
to tame pesky Northern Mariana Islands. The teams got to the pretty quick start
as they traded baskets early in the game. Guam were more accurate and managed to
earn a 4-point lead at the first intermission despite losing the battle on the
boards. But the second frame was a different story as Guam increased the tempo
and started to get away. They limited the home team to just 6 points in the
period and extended the leading margin to as many as 16 points. Northern Mariana
Islands could not recover in the third frame. They missed all of their 15
two-point attempts and appeared trailing by massive 30 points heading into the
final period. Northern Mariana Islands finally showed some signs of
aggressiveness in the fourth stanza as they fired 26 points to trim the distance
but Guam were never seriously threatened the coasted to the victory.
Brianna Benito delivered 25 points and 11 boards for Guam.
Kathryn Castro had 12 points and 13 boards, while
Derin Santos produced 11 points and 14 boards in the winning effort.
Concepcion Camacho answered with 24 points for the hosts.
Li'Amwar Ramgamar had 12 points in the loss.
Australia - New Caledonia 77:19
Australian selection got to an impressive start of their Oceania championship
campaign on Northern Marianna Islands. They dismantled New Caledonia in the
opener to set things rolling.
Hope Terdich (192-F-86) nailed 13 points, pulled down 5 boards and issued 5
assists to lift Australia to the first win at the tournament. The Aussies marked
their ambitions early as they thumped New Caledonians 20:3 in the starting
stanza. Australia continued their onslaught in the next frame. The margin grew
at 30-point mark at halftime as the encounter turned into a rather one-way
traffic. Australia turned a bit sloppy in the second half slowing down the
tempo. They sank just 1/13 from beyond the arc but dominated the boards to keep
their opponents at safe distance. Australia drove to a 40-point advantage before
the fourth term. They cruised to the victory in the final minutes.
Caitlin Rowe (187-F/C-91) provided 12 points for Australia.
Rebecca Campigli (177-G-90) and
Nicole Seekamp had 8 points each in the win.
Marie-Helene Trocas topscored for New Caledonia with 6 points.
Yolaine Koteureu and
Myriam Fenuafanote delivered 5 points each in the loss.
Australia will next face Guam on June 23, while New Caledonia will try to post
the initial win when they take on Northern Marianna Islands tomorrow.
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