USA, France too good for New Zealand women at Fiba 3×3 World Cup

Jillian Harmon in action for New Zealand against USA at the 3x3 World Cup in Antwerp, Belgium.

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Jillian Harmon in action for New Zealand against USA at the 3×3 World Cup in Antwerp, Belgium.

It’s tough at the top of the World Basketball 3×3 match, which New Zealand’s respective teams at the Fiba World Cup in Antwerp quickly find out.

The New Zealand women matched the efforts of their male counterparts by going 0-2 in their opening day of the showpiece short-match event, going down to USA (19-14) and France (16- 10) in a difficult start to the match. an event.

Led by French pro Jillian Harmon, the Kiwi women (also featuring Kalani Purcell, Ella Fotu and Tiarna Clarke) performed well in both matches, but lacked the firepower to keep up with their highly rated opponents. .

France is the tournament’s second seed and the United States, led by WNBA player Lauren Cox, is seventh.

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The New Zealanders edged the United States by just one point (9-10) with 4 minutes remaining, but gave way to the Americans’ strong finish. Harmon led the scoring with 7 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including the team’s only long-range mark (as a foursome, they only made 1-of-10 attempts).

Sydney Flames WNBL player Purcell had 4 points and 10 rebounds to provide the main support.

New Zealand's Ella Fotu makes a pass against France at the 3x3 World Cup in Antwerp.

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New Zealand’s Ella Fotu makes a pass against France at the 3×3 World Cup in Antwerp.

The Kiwis found the French hard shooting a handful of seconds, and again the 2-point line would prove their downfall. France made 4 of their 8 attempts from distance, while New Zealand missed all 8 of theirs.

Harmon once again paced the New Zealanders with 4 points (on 3-of-8 shooting) and 4 rebounds, while Fotu contributed with 3 points (shooting 3-of-5), Clarke 2 and Purcell were held to just one point to a Clip 1 of 8 to go with 6 boards.

The New Zealanders will face Austria and Brazil to conclude their Pool B matches, needing to win both to have a chance of progressing to the knockout stage. The first three of each group advance.

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