Chengdu Universiade | China beats Japan to take women's basketball gold-Xinhua

Chengdu Universiade | China beats Japan to take women's basketball gold

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2023-08-06 00:56:15

Han Xu (R) of China blocks Minami Ikematsu of Japan during their basketball women's final at the 31st FISU Summer World University Games in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan Province, Aug. 5, 2023. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

China takes its third Universiade women's basketball gold after beating Japan 99-91 in Chengdu.

CHENGDU, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- China beat Japan 99-91 to take the women's basketball gold medal at the Chengdu Universiade here on Saturday, its third crown of the kind.

Zhang Jingyi scored 21 points to lead China's box score, and Song Kexin added 20 points. Center Han Xu almost delivered a triple double of 18 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

For Japan, Maho Hayashi scored a team-high 14 points, and Miyu Okamoto added 13.

China dominated the game in the paint as they out-rebounded Japan 51-25, with the three centers having excellent games.

Liu Yutong (L) of China goes for the bucket in the match. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

Tang Ziting hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter to give China an early lead, Liu Yutong, who stands 201cm tall, was lethal in the paint, and Han was more involved in China's ball rotation, with a couple of passes dished out by the 207cm axis being converted into points.

Japan was resilient, forcing several turnovers from China and scoring from coast to coast. Forward Okamoto and Hayashi showed off their range as the duo combined for eight 3-pointers from 15 attempts.

Even though Japan kept hitting difficult 3-pointers, Han and Zhang took control of the game in the fourth quarter, and helped China close out the win.

China coach Li Sunnan praised his squad's efforts. "Except for Zhang Jingyi, all other players are student-athletes on campus. They have to balance their studies while also performing well in the game, which is challenging."

Chinese players pose for photo during the awarding ceremomy. (Xinhua/Yang Qing)

Unbeaten hosts China defeated Portugal and Poland with an accumulated points difference of 43 in the preliminary Group D. They then cruised past Brazil and Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinal and semifinal respectively.

Also on Saturday, Finland narrowly defeated Chinese Taipei 56-49 to take the bronze. Hungary beat Poland 64-52 in the 5th-6th playoff, and the Czech Republic nosed out Brazil 79-74 in the 7th-8th playoff. 


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