The Korean women’s basketball team fought hard against Belgium, but could not overcome the difference in skill and suffered a crushing defeat.
Korea (13th in FIBA ranking), led by coach Jeong Seon-min, lost 61-84 to Belgium (5th) in the second leg of group A of the International Basketball Federation Women’s Basketball World Cup ( FIBA) held in Sydney, Australia on the 23rd (Korea time).
Korea, whose core Park Ji-soo (KB) fell with symptoms of panic disorder, and Bae Hye-yoon (Samsung Life Insurance) and Choi Yi-sam (Woori Bank) could not join due to injuries, established an initial program with Park Hye- jin, Kang Yi-seul, Kim Dan-bi, Kim So-dam, and Park Ji-hyun to face Belgium.
However, it was not enough to overtake Belgium, who had an advantage in height.
The contest, which had been level for a while at the start of the game, soon turned to Belgium, and Korea finished the first half 30-50.
From the third quarter, Kang Yi-seul, Park Ji-hyeon, and Yoon Ye-bin counterattacked, but they could not narrow the already gaping score.
Belgium kept the gap by pushing Korea back with a powerful attack from behind and a quick fast attack.
Korea entered the fourth quarter with a 19-point lead, but there was no reversal, and in the end, they were defeated by 23 points.
Meanwhile, Korea is aiming for the first win of this tournament in the third game against Bosnia and Herzegovina, ranked 26th in the FIBA rankingat 5 pm on the 24th.
(Seoul = News 1)