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Spain crush Fiji in the Olympic Qualifying tournament opener - Jun 9, 2008

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Spain - Fiji 113:42

Spanish National team opened their Olympic Qualifying campaign with a cruising win over Fiji. The teams got into Pool C together with the world's 4th rank Brazil. Two best teams from the Pool advance to the quarterfinal stage and the winners of the quarterfinals go to Beijing. The event took place in Madrid and the home crowd supported Spain well. Fiji however managed to surprise their opponents as Valerie Nainima (165-G-86) nailed a trey to give the Oceania side a 3:0 lead early in the game. Spain reacted with a 19:0 run fueled by 11 points from Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76). Fiji finally got their seconds basket as Valerie Nainima nailed a jumper but Spanish side was merciless. Amaya Valdemoro completed her first period 17-point tally and the hosts led by 33:9 after the starting frame. Valerie Nainima remained the only scorer for Fiji in the second period as she dropped 3 points, while Spain accumulated a massive 60:12 lead at halftime.
Spanish side loosened their defensive grip in the third frame allowing Valerie Nainima to get things going a bit smoother for Fiji. A 22-year-old guard of Long Island University accounted for 6 points in the third stanza but the visitors entered the final frame trailing by as many as 65 points. Robanakadavu and Valerie Nainima scored 5 straight points for Fiji early in the fourth term to sweeten the pill. However Cindy Lima (192-C-81) and Amaya Valdemoro kept on cruising past Fiji defense piling up impressive stat digits. Spain breezed to a stunning victory at the end getting their campaign started in style. Amaya Valdemoro led all scorers with 24 points. Cindy Lima provided 17 points, while Alba Torrens (184-F-89) had 16 for the winners. Valerie Nainima came up with 23 points for Fiji. Letava Whippy was the next scorer with just 7 points in defeat. Spain forced Fiji to massive 35 turnovers and outrebounded their opponents 50:24. Fiji will face Brazil tomorrow.

Spain: Amaya Valdemoro 24, Cindy Lima 17, Alba Torrens 16
Fiji: Valerie Nainima 23, Letava Whippy 7

Papua New Guinea edge Fiji, win Melanesia Cup - 10 months ago
Papua New Guinea - Fiji 77:58 Papua New Guinea win Melanesia Cup and were crowned champions tonight. They edged Fiji 77:58 in the Final game. The hosts took a 17-16 narrow lead after the first 10 minutes and added a 22-10 surge in the second frame. Moreover they posted a 25-19 run in the third quarter, while both sides nailed 13 points each in the last stanza. Earlier Papua New Guinea overcame Fiji at the group stage. Emily Koivi stepped up with 11 points in that game and Angula netted...   [read more]

Fiji rout Solomon Islands in Port Moresby - 10 months ago
Fiji - Solomon Islands 76-54 Fiji rout Solomon Islands in Port Moresby in Day 2 of the Melanesia Cup 2017. Trailing 17-20 at the end of the first period, Fiji needed a strong 20-9 surge to take a 37-29 halftime advantage. Moreover they added a 22-14 run in the third period and closed the game with a final 17-11 run. Letava Whippy (175-G-91) stepped up with 24 points and Mafi Foiakau (01) netted 16. Lorima Sautu delivered 10 and Fane Rokowailoa (98) had 8. Joycelyn Basia answered with 18...   [read more]

Fiji claim 6th at FIBA Women's Asia Cup 2017 - 11 months ago
Team Fiji has rounded out their Bengaluru campaign by taking home 6th place in the tournament. With this being the first ever time competition in the event it is a great result which can be built upon for the future. Singapore pushed out to an early lead and Fiji did everything they could to fight back but eventually fell 65-80. This is an amazing improvement from their first matchup against Singapore, creating a 27-point turnaround from their first game. Once again, we look to Miliakere...   [read more]

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