8 May 2007

Tall Ferns name five new caps for three game tour of Japan

10:16 am on 8 May 2007

Five new caps have been named in the New Zealand women's basketball team to tour Japan later this month.

As the Tall Ferns begin their build up to next year's Beijing Olympics

the 12 strong squad contains just one player from the Athens Games, point guard Angela Marino.

Veteran forwards Donna Wilkins, formerly Loffhagen, and Aneka Kerr were unavailable.

Two of the squad are playing for college teams in the United States while another two are aligned with Australian league sides.

Otago guard, Suzie Bates, will become a double international after representing her country in cricket.