Korea defeated China by 63 points in the first game of the Women’s Basketball World Cup

Jinan (right) trying to break through the trough

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(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Dongchan Kim = The Korean women’s basketball team lost to China in the ‘Great Wall’ by 63 points.

South Korea lost 44-107 against China in the first match of Group A on the first day of the FIBA ​​Women’s World Cup held in Sydney, Australia on the 22nd.

Korea, which was ranked 13th in the FIBA ​​ranking​​​​, did not have a big difference in the ranking from China, which was ranked 7th, but could not fill the void that was excluded from the national team because injuries to lower level agents such as Jisoo Park (KB), Hyeyoon Bae (Samsung Life Insurance), and Yisam Choi (Woori Bank).

At the end of the first quarter, the score was 11-27, and at the end of the first half, the score gap widened to 20-54.

In February 2020, in the final qualifying round of the Tokyo Olympics held in Belgrade, Serbia, they suffered a helpless defeat over China by a difference of 60-100, 40 points.

In China, there are 5 people over 190cm, including 2 people over 200cm tall, but in Korea, Jihyeon Park (Woori Bank) and Sodam Kim (KB), who are 185cm tall, are the tallest.

The average height of the two teams is 186 cm in China and 178 cm in Korea.

On that day, China had 58 rebounds and Korea had 29 rebounds, exactly double the difference. It was a one-sided game with 10-30 assists and 1-7 blocked shots.

Park Ji-hyeon (Woori Bank) scored the most with 14 points.

Park Hye-jin (#7) tries to score under the goal against China
Park Hye-jin (#7) tries to score under the goal against China

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In the Women’s Basketball World Cup, Korea lost 10 consecutive World Cup finals from the 2010 quarterfinal match against the United States to today’s match. Their last World Cup win was a 65-64 victory over Japan in the 2010 final.

Against China, after winning 81-80 in the Olympic qualifiers in November 2019, they have recently been pushed back to three defeats in a row.

In China, Yang Liwei and Li Meng scored 14 points each, while Hanshu, a 205cm tall center who plays in the WNBA, recorded 13 points and 15 rebounds.

In this tournament with 12 participating countries, Korea was placed in Group A along with the United States (1st), Belgium (5th), Puerto Rico (17th) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (26th) as well as China.

The top 4 in the group progress to the quarter finals.

The Republic of Korea will play the second group stage match against Belgium at noon on the 23rd.

▲ Group A

Korea (1 loss) 44 (11-27 9-27 12-26 12-27) 107 China (1 win)

Puerto Rico (1 win) 82-58 Bosnia and Herzegovina (1 loss)

USA (1 win) 87-72 Belgium (1 loss)


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