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Day 5 will solidify placing in Women's Pool A
Apia (Samoa) - In penultimate day of the Pool A action of the Women's competition the four teams playing can determine their own fate in the upcoming Qualifying Finals next week.
In the first game scheduled at 12:00 pm (Samoa time), the Cook Islands will tussle with New Caledonia to decide the third placer of Pool A and advance to the next round.
FIBA Polynesia Cup champion, Cook Islands will try to avoid early elimination against a determined New Caledonia side; both teams are winless with a 0-2 record and will be hungry for a taste of victory.
The Cook Islands are led by their youth brigade; 17-year old, Te Araroa Sapoaga and 20-year old Ajiah Pepe who are both averaging 16.5 points per game.
Meanwhile, New Caledonia will need to find more support for Yolanda Luepak who's been their leading scorer at 12.0 points per game.
In the last game of the day, host Samoa and defending Gold Medalist Fiji will vie for the top spot and outright Semi-Final ticket of the most prestigious tournament in this side of the world.
Hometown team Samoa has been carried by the legendary exploits of Malama Leaupepe with a monster double-double average of 42.5 points and 16.5 rebounds.
Fiji will rely on the all-around veteran, Valeria Nainima who is averaging 20.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.0 steals per game.
Buoyed by their huge crowd support, the hosts will try to seal their Semi-Final appearance but the pride of the reigning champion, Fiji will be a hard task to overcome.
In a tantalizing match-up between two of the Pacific's finest Women players; who will come out on top and lead their team to a victory?