After the worst Commonwealth Games campaign in history, Silver Ferns captain Katrina Grant was brutally honest about the side's woes - "we haven't had the right direction in the last few months".
The side's stuttering campaign came to a halt today, beaten 60-55 by Jamaica in the bronze medal match.
It's their fourth loss of the tournament, and further heaps pressure on coach Janine Southby as 2018 goes from bad to worse.
Grant cut a dejected figure post-match, but spoke passionately about the effort the team had put in.
Far to classy to criticise Southby by name, it was clear not all is well in the camp, however.
"Utter disappointment, gutted, we don't play this game to lose," she told 1 NEWS' Abby Wilson.
"It's just really hard. We've come here to win a gold medal, we didn't win a medal which is really really hard. We haven't had the right direction over the last few months, these players are out here for everything, we train day-on, day-out, we train really hard.
"We've come here, it's a really inconsistent performance from us, players can only say so much in the huddles and what not, we just need to learn how to lift each other.
"Honestly I'm not sure, I'm lost for words."
She was pressed further on whether she had confidence in Southby
"At the moment we're a team of 12, and we're doing what we can. Maria (Folau) and I are trying to lead from the front, this group of women are amazing, no doubt about it, they've put everything on the line."
Southby's win record as coach was just 51 per cent, which Grant said was not good enough, but added it didn't reflect well on her either.
"That's hard for me to take. I absolutely love, love leading this country, it's been my dream since I was a little girl."
Southby said she took responsibility, "like everyone in the group".