Ja­maica dealt first de­feat in ham­mer­ing by NZ

Stabroek News Sunday - - SUNDAY SPORT -

CAIRNS, Aus­tralia, CMC – Ja­maica’s women had lit­tle an­swers to New Zealand as they suf­fered a heavy 80-49 de­feat in their Pool B con­test at the Com­mon­wealth Games here yes­ter­day.

Com­ing off a solid vic­tory over In­dia in their open­ing game on Thurs­day, the Ja­maicans en­joyed no such thrill against the Ki­wis, as they trailed at the end of every quar­ter to lose by a wide mar­gin in the end.

For­ward Jen­nifer Ge­orge was the only Ja­maican in dou­ble fig­ures with 12 points, while also pulling down 15 re­bounds to end with a dou­ble-dou­ble.

For the win­ners, Charlisse Leger-Walker net­ted 18 points and grabbed six re­bounds while Jor­dan Hunter scored 11 and Che­van­nah Paal­vast, 10.

Play­ing at the Cairns Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, Ja­maica kept things close through the first pe­riod with Shen­neika Smith sink­ing a pair of three­p­oint­ers and guard Sasha Dixon ad­ding a cou­ple of buck­ets early on.

They ac­tu­ally led 9-5 af­ter 2:34 but New Zealand hit back strongly to hold a slen­der ad­van­tage 17-16 lead at the end of the first quar­ter.

Ja­maica lost their fight there­after as New Zealand took con­trol of the en­counter to lead 41-25 at the half-time whis­tle.

The Caribbean side were outscored 19-14 in the third to trail 39-60 and the fi­nal quar­ter served as a mere for­mal­ity as New Zealand com­fort­ably wrapped up the win.

Ja­maica come up against Malaysia in the third game today. Jen­nifer Ge­orge (right) con­tests a ball dur­ing the game against New Zealand.

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