|3. Puerto Rico||0/2||2|
|1. Czech Republic||2/0||4|
|3. New Zealand||0/2||2|
|#||Name||P||Height||DOB||Place Of Birth||Club|
|07/01/1979||Auckland, New Zealand||Sheffield Hatters|
|03/09/1990||Christchurch, New Zealand||Fordham (USA)|
|17/01/1982||Hamilton, New Zealand||Ipswich Force (AUS)|
|10/05/1987||Christchurch, New Zealand||Hume City Broncos (AUS)|
|24/12/1982||Otahuhu , New Zealand||Ballarat Rush (AUS)|
|02/05/1986||Takapuna, New Zealand||Sandringham Sabres (AUS)|
|14/01/1986||Auckland, New Zealand||Christchurch Sirens, WBA (AUS)|
|19/11/1979||Christchurch, New Zealand||Logan Thunder (AUS)|
|05/11/1985||San Francisco, CA, USA||Townsville (AUS)|
|20/08/1990||Papakura, New Zealand||Cape Girardeau (USA)|
|03/03/1987||New York, USA||Parma (ITA)|
|31/10/1985||Hamilton, New Zealand||Stirling Senators (AUS)|
|Min||Minutes played||Tot||Total rebounds||BS||Block Shots|
|%||Shooting percentage||PF||Personal fouls||G||Played Games|
Tall Ferns look to extend Olympic streak
Team history :
The Olympics has certainly given the Tall Ferns an opportunity to spread their wings over the last 12 years and to take a welcome break from the continuous task of trying to narrow the gap with their neighbours Australia in the Oceania zone.
In respect of their three previous performances at the Games, their finest hour came in 2004 in Athens when they really made everyone sit up and take notice by reaching the Quarter-Finals and making their numerous critics eat their respective words.
Last time out in Beijing, they finished 10th and this was a creditable performance since there were only a couple of survivors from Athens as a new and much younger generation took over the reins.
Central to their ability to ensure a relatively smooth transition was great chemistry and team spirit, helped by the fact that most of the players have played with each other or competed against each other at club level. Many others have come through the youth levels of the national team programme together.
Notably several players have improved and grown in confidence during the last four years since Beijing and a prime example of this is Natalie Taylor who really stepped up as a leader when many other more experienced players left.
Her feisty and intense approach to the game sets the tone for the rest of the team and she beautifully epitomises the heart and rugged determination of this New Zealand side that always plays hard.
In addition to the all-round versatility and leadership offered by Taylor, head coach Kennedy Hamilton-Kereama can also call upon the likes of Micaela Cocks, Kate McMeekan-Ruscoe, Jillian Harmon and Lisa Walbutton.
Jelena Vucinic, daughter of Tall Blacks coach Nenad, is an interesting prospect after impressing at Louisiana Tech. While she didn't get much playing time last summer, she is the closest thing to a rising star New Zealand women has.
While they do lack some size in comparison to many of their competitors, they have to be smart in the way they try to counteract this and they do love to mix up their defences in an attempt to knock opponents out of their stride.
Having shown progress with last summer's gutsy and improvements at the FIBA Oceania Championship, they will fancy their chances of making it to London.
Their chances of success are likely to rely on finding some rhythm offensively and in particular making plays from the perimeter since defensively they will no doubt continue to work effectively and tirelessly as a team.
|2015||FIBA Oceania Women’s Championship||2nd|
|2013||FIBA Oceania Championship for Women||2nd|
|2011||FIBA Oceania Championship for Women||2nd|
|2009||FIBA Oceania Championship for Women||2nd|
|2007||FIBA Oceania Championship for Women||2nd|
|2005||FIBA Oceania Championship for Women||2nd|
|2003||Oceania Championship for Women||2nd|
|2001||Oceania Championship for Women||2nd|
|1997||Oceania Championship for Women||2nd|
|1995||Oceania Championship for Women||2nd|
|1993||Oceania Championship for Women||1st|
|1990||Oceania Championship for Women||2nd|
|1989||Oceania Championship for Women||2nd|
|1985||Oceania Championship for Women||2nd|
|1982||Oceania Championship for Women||2nd|
|1978||Oceania Championship for Women||2nd|
|1974||Oceania Championship for Women||2nd|
|Season||Competition||Last Achieved Round|
|2016||FIBA Women 's Olympic Qualifying Tournament||Group Phase|
|2012||FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women||Preliminary Round|
|2008||Olympic Games: Tournament Women||Preliminary Round|
|2004||Olympic Games: Tournament for Women||Semi-Finals|
|2000||Olympic Games : Tournament for Women||Classification Round|
|1994||World Championship for Women||Final|
|1988||World Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women||Preliminary Round|
|5||Erin Jane Rooney||G|
|12||Casey Laing Lockwood||F|
|13||Jordan Taiana Hunter||PG|