Centre of Excellence Squad
AIS Basketball - Tiana Mangakahia
JUNIOR ASSOCIATION: Southern Districts Spartans, QLD
FIRST PLAYED WNBL: 2011/12
WNBL CLUBS: AIS
INTERNATIONAL GAMES: 2012 Australian U17 - international tournament in China; 2012 U17 Women’s FIBA World Championships (5th place); 10 Games – AIS Vs USA college teams (winning 9-1); 2011 U19 FIBA Oceania Championship qualifier series (winning against New Zealand 3-0); FIBA Oceania Tournament (Gold).
WNBL CAREER NOTES: 2011/12 is Tiana’s debut WNBL season
GENERAL BASKETBALL CAREER NOTES:
2012 Australian U18 Championships representing QLD South (Silver); 2011 Brisbane Spartans in QLD’s SEABL; 2011 FIBA Oceania Qualification Series; 2011 Australian U18 Championships representing QLD South (Bronze), 2010 FIBA Oceania Tournament, New Caledonia (GOLD); 2010 Australian U16 Championships representing QLD South (Silver); 2009 Australian U16 Championships representing QLD South (5th); 2008 Australian U14 Club Championships in Gala, representing Brisbane Spartans (6th).
PERSONAL INFORMATION: Tiana was born and raised in Brisbane and is one of six children. Tiana has four older brothers: Daniel, Timothy, Andrew and Jordan. Tiana also has a younger brother, Brandon. Tiana is a huge rugby and Quade Cooper fan. Her favourite ice-cream flavour is chocolate chip from Cold Rock.
COACH’S COMMENTS: Tiana’s strengths are her tenacity, flare, natural athleticism, and ability to get to the basket. She has good quickness and is a solid all round athlete. Tiana is a strong competitor, has a strong work ethic and demonstrates a willingness to learn and improve. In moving forward Tiana needs to primarily focus on developing her on-court leadership skills, perimeter shooting ability, 1v1 skills to create her own mid-range shot and take her ball handling and passing skills to another level to become a proficient international level point guard.