Heck of a turnaround in that quarter to lead by three.
Mes 14/17, Tutaia 26/33
Aiken 31/33, Beckford 6/7
Boy they've really had to maintain composure in the face of some great midcourt play, rugged defence and Romelda, but they were very patient there and have somehow gone from three done to three up.
Rockin some Scribe on the PA.
Ferns are back out, Jamaicans follow. 15 to go, NZ three ahead.
Mes converts the first for NZ.
The outside set it up, Kopua got the intercept, but NZ can't convert.
Ooh, was just about to say NZ only need to convert their own centre pass from here and they've gone and turned it over!
Jamaica close to two and have the centre. Tense.
Time out called by de Bruin for NZ. Ice on the calf.
Chance for everyone to have a breather. I'm not sure i've taken a breath for the last 45 minutes...sport watching is quite stressful really isn't it?
Righto, here we go again.
Really tight defence from JAM at the moment as NZ trying to work it into the circle and eventally the call comes.
Ironic cheering from the NZ support crew.
Agh nutmeg for de Bruin after JAM had overthrown the ball to Aiken.
Tutaia just tripped over her own foot - and it still looked graceful. She nailed the shot too.
de Bruin, with a bit more height, seems to be dropping back on Aiken more and Kopua coming out.
Massive rejection again from Kopua, quick transition from NZ and...the lead is six!
I wonder if some of the Jamaicans are tiring a bit too, they just don't seem to have the same intensity or drive and zip through midcourt.
They've called time with just under 6 minutes left.
I think the NZ supporters are feeling much more relaxed and jovial. But they might need a wine to settle the nerves after this one!
Play back underway and it's with NZ.
@Reweti: For sure. The Ferns conditioning is in no doubt anymore.
That ball came down with snow on it, and landed for Aiken.
But I'm reliably told by Dana (who is still here BTW) that the pivot action Aiken used to get closer to the goal won't be allowed under the new rule.
Which come in to effect in Jan.
Langman involved in a head clash now - clutching her shnoze (nose to the uninitiated), but she's tough.
Breaking call against Jamaica now. An example of how some of personal discipline on the "non-negotiables" falls away.
Into the final minute and the Silver Ferns will stay unbeaten, but this has been another really stern examination of Taumaunu's team.
Crowd counting down and NZ win again! 55-48
Shooting stats - fulltime
Mes 19/25, Tutaia 36/43
Aiken 41/44, Beckford 7/9
Coming from three goals down at half time. It was the second half of the third quarter that the Ferns reasserted themselves.
Jamaican team remain on court in a a huddle. Very frustrated. Again they've had a big scalp in their hands and dropped the scissors.
There's a new analogy for you all too!
NZ remained very composed when the scoreboard pressure came on and they stayed disciplined when they could have lost their rags.
Silver Fans on their feet as the team head off court. They next play Malawi tomorrow, and Dana and myself will have all the reaction from the team for NZ Herald and Radio Sport. Keep an eye out for Dana's match report shortly.