The Korean women’s basketball team lost to ‘strong’ Belgium and lost the two consecutive FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cups in 2022.
The Korean national team, led by coach Jeong Seon-min, lost 61-84 in the second match against Belgium in Group A on the second day of the tournament held at the Olympic Park Sports Complex in Sydney, Australia on the 23rd.
Belgium, ranked 5th in the FIBA rankings, are a strong team that finished 4th in the 2018 tournament.
South Korea is ranked 13th.
After losing the first match against China, Korea, who suffered two defeats in a row, came 6th, at the bottom of Group A.
The top 4 teams in each group advance to the quarter finals.
The Republic of Korea will challenge for the first victory of this tournament in the third match against Bosnia and Herzegovina, ranked 26th in the FIBA rankingat 5 pm on the 24th.
South Korea, which entered the tournament having lost resources such as Park Ji-soo (KB), Bae Hye-yoon (Samsung Life Insurance), and Choi Yi-sam (Woori Bank) to injuries, could not overcome its inferiority in height.
South Korea bounced back to defeat Belgium 31-42.
The success rate of the external artillery, which has relative strength, was also pushed to 32%-38%.
The score difference widened from 12-26 in the first quarter to 30-50 at the end of the first half.
Korea, which increased the speed of conversion to air defense in the third quarter, began to operate the external artillery in earnest and tightened the pursuit.
Park Hye-jin (Woori Bank) scored her first three points at the start of the quarter, and Yoon Ye-bin (Samsung Life Insurance) scored three points from right-center in the last three minutes.
Nevertheless, Belgium still scored comfortably from under the goal, and barely narrowed the gap.
In the fourth quarter, which was hit by 19 points behind, Korea showed a lack of concentration and widened the gap further.
Among Korean players, only Kang Yi-seul (11 points, KB) scored in double digits.
In Belgium, Hind Abdelkader took the lead in the victory with the most of 17 points.
▲ Group A
Korea (2 losses) 61 (12-26 18-24 20-19 11-15) 84 Belgium (1 win, 1 loss)