Today, the Asia Pacific preliminaries of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualifier started in Auckland, New Zealand. Facing the strongest opponent of the group, South Korea, the Chinese women's basketball team lost 80-81. In order to advance to the final qualifier in February next year, the Chinese women's basketball team must strive for a complete victory against New Zealand and the Philippines.
China and South Korea women's basketball team is an old opponent in Asia. The two sides have played 54 times in the official competition, and the Chinese women's basketball team is dominant with 33 wins and 21 losses. The most recent match was in the 2019 women's basketball Asian Cup. The Chinese women's basketball team won the Korean team, which lacked some key players, 80-52 in the semi-final.
In the Asia Pacific preliminaries of the Olympic qualifying competition, the Korean women's basketball team ushered in two generals. Jin Danfei, the main striker who led the Korean team to win the 2014 Asian Games championship, and park Zhixiu, the new insider who landed in the WNBA last year. From the point of view of this game, the return of the South Korean master has created great trouble for the Chinese team.
South Korea hit the winning goal.
With the stable play of the inside line and high hit rate, the South Korean team remained ahead most of the time, and once expanded its advantage to double digits in the third quarter. In contrast to the Chinese women's basketball team, Li Yueru and Han Xu did not show obvious advantages. The whole team made frequent mistakes and was almost suppressed by their opponents.
The game entered the decisive stage. The Chinese women's basketball team launched a crazy counterattack. Huang Sijing's continuous scoring and Yang Liwei's key steals helped the team level the score in the last three minutes. Li Meng's key three points in the last minute allowed the Chinese women's basketball team to surpass the score for the first time. However, the Chinese team made two consecutive offensive mistakes at the critical moment and finally lost the game.
The Chinese women's basketball team made a fatal mistake.
According to the competition system of the Asia Pacific preliminary of the Olympic qualification, the Chinese women's basketball team is in group a together with the South Korean team, the Philippines team and New Zealand team. After three games, the top two of the group are shortlisted for the third stage of the final qualification.
After losing the first game to South Korea, the Chinese women's basketball team will next play against New Zealand and the Philippines. Of course, from the perspective of specific strength comparison, the Chinese women's basketball team has greatly defeated New Zealand and the Philippines in the Asian Cup not long ago. It is not difficult to win two consecutive games. The top priority is to adjust the mentality as soon as possible to meet the later games.