The inexperienced Tall Ferns continue to box above their weight as they make the most of a rare international experience in China.
Kennedy Kereama's raw squad, featuring eight debutants, gave the mighty USA women's side a run for their money in their latest game in China, eventually beaten 63-44 - but not before closing the margin to single-figures at the end of the third quarter.
The undermanned and undersized Kiwis were well led by captain Toni Edmondson in producing one of their better efforts against a US side.
Colgate University's Josephine Stockill led the New Zealand scoring with 10 points, Samara Gallaher had a nice double of nine points and eight rebounds, Kate Fielding added nine points and Jess Bygate chipped in with six points and five boards.
The Tall Ferns trailed 30-19 at halftime but rocked the Americans with a superb third quarter (18-16) to cut that deficit to single-figures heading into the final quarter.
USA made the predictable correction from there, pulling away in the final 10 minutes for a comfortable win.
Result: USA 63 NZ Tall Ferns 44 (Josephine Stockill 10)
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