In their final game at the 2022 World Cup, New Zealand were defeated 69-47 by Egypt in a classification game on Sunday. This result means the Kiwis finish 12th at the FIBA U17 Women’s World Cup in Hungary.
The game saw Egypt start off strongly, outscored 22-8 in the opening quarter despite Ashlyn Rean scoring 6 points.
The margin had increased to 36-14 by half-time, with the schedule of the last 24 days looking to have caught up with the Kiwis, having played two pinnacle international tournaments – a World Cup and Asian Championship – coupled with extensive international travel taking its toll.
To their credit the team rallied in the second half, taking the third period 18-13 and sharing the half 33 points each.
Maia Jones was again a standout for New Zealand – the team’s leading scorer at the tournament finished with 18 points (7/15FG) while Rean and Lily Taulelei tallied 7 points each.
Ritorya Tamilo, with 4 blocks to accompany 6 points and 10 rebounds, finished as the tournaments leading shot blocker averaging 3.1 blocks per game.
The Auckland centre was also the team’s leading rebounder claiming 7.9 boards per game to finish 14th overall in that statistical category – Taulelei was 20th with 6.7 per game.
In scoring numbers Ivy Brown ranked 8th overall for free-throw percentage making 17 from 25 from the charity strike at 68%.
Jones, the leading 3-point shooter at the Asia Cup, finished 17th in Hungary making 14 from 44 at 32%.
Congratulation to all the players and staff who have done New Zealand proud during the past four weeks.
USA won gold defeating Spain 84-62. The bronze medal game was a lot closer, France edging Canada 84-82.
New Zealand 47 – Jones 18 PTS | Taulelei 7 PTS | Rean 7 PTS | Tamilo 6 PTS & 10 REBS & 4 BLKS | Cameron 6PTS | Williams 2 PTS | Brown 1 PT
Egypt 69 – J Elalfy 32
Full fixtures and statistics can be found here
New Zealand Results:
Sat 9 July vs Germany – (L 68-35)
Sun 10 July vs USA – (L 102-34)
Tues 12 July vs Mali – (W 61-58)
Weds 13 July vs Canada – (L 70-36)
Fri 15 July vs Argentina – (W 65-58)
Sat 16 July vs Slovenia – (L 83-49)
Sun 17 July vs Egypt – (L 69-47) Re-watch at nz.basketball/tv
U17 Women’s National Team Roster
Ivy Brown – North Canterbury
Layla J Cameron – New Zealand
Waimanu Clarken – Basketball Auckland
Maia Jones – Nelson Basketball
Cassidy Lacey-Rameka – Rotorua Basketball Association
Tannika Leger-Walker – Waikato Basketball
Carly Ohia – Rotorua Basketball Association
Amy-Lee Pateman – Harbour Basketball
Ashlyn Rean – North Canterbury
Ritorya Tamilo – Basketball Auckland
Lily Taulelei – Wellington Basketball Association
Karereatua Williams – Canterbury
Head Coach – Lori McDaniel
Assistant Coach – Pina Lissaman
Assistant Coach – Ryan Dubbledam
Team Manager – Jemma Lawton
Physio – Kylie Cox
Team Doctor – Dr Kaylie Baker
About The FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup 2022
The FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup 2022 features the world’s top 16 women’s U17 national team with 56 games played across 9 days from July 9-17 in Debrecen, Hungary.
As event hosts, Hungary gained automatic entry. The remaining 15 teams qualified through regional U16 championships with 2 from Africa, 5 from Europe, 4 from the Americas, and 4 from Asia – with New Zealand earning their place after securing a spot in the recent FIBA U16 Asian Championship.