Gilas Women suffer big loss to New Zealand, 111-54 in FIBA Olympic PQT


Gilas Pilipinas Women was dominated by host nation New Zealand, 111-54 in the opener of the FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament for Asia-Oceania Thursday at The Trusts Arena in Auckland.

After leading by a slim 24-17 lead in the 1st quarter, the Tall Ferns, ranked no. 38 in the world, went on a 36-11 2nd quarter to seal the deal.

Tessa Boagni and Penina Davidson both scored 16 points, leading 5 double-digit scorers overall for New Zealand.

Boagni shot a perfect 6/6 from the field while Davidson finished with a double-double with 11 rebounds.

Afril Bernardino paced the Philippines with 17 points while Khate Castillo and Kelli Hayes both had 10 markers.

However, New Zealand shot a hot 54.1% clip overall throughout the game, compared to just 31.2% for the Filipinas.

Next for the Philippines is Korea on Saturday.

Only the top 4 finishers out of the 8 team field will advance further to the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, which is the next step towards a ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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