After a heart-breaking, narrow defeat to New Zealand yesterday, the Roses beat South Africa 58-42 to win bronze at their home World Cup today.
“It was tough. We’ve been there before but I’m really proud of the way the group managed their feelings last night and this morning. The nation and the country got what they deserved and we got what we deserved as well.
“Before we even left the building yesterday (after defeat to New Zealand), we tried to right the wrongs. The Silver Ferns were better than us.
“Sometimes you blame yourself and lose your connection (as a team), but we stayed connected last night. We had a few fun games, did some homework on South Africa, and we looked at the game plan. We kept working and it shows on the court today.”
Harten also paid tribute to coach Tracey Neville, who has announced her intention to step down after this tournament.
“I’ve got a lot of respect for her – the way she was thrust into this job four years ago…it was manic. It wasn’t the ideal scenario and she struggled for a couple of years trying to find her own style and forge the team into what it is now.
“She stuck to her guns and she’s been a force to be reckoned with on the international stage. She deserves a break away from sport, potentially.
“We’re really proud of her. It’s hard to imagine what it will be like without Tracey. We’ve been under her rule for four years and she’s so passionate. We’re all such believers in her work.”