CHANGZHOU, China (2012 London Olympics): Chinese women wrapped up the second leg of the four-nation tournament with an all-win record beating Australia’s Emerging Opals 67-66, the win most heartening for coach Sun Fengwu coming as it did riding on the performance of the younger players.
China, who had won all the three games of the first leg of the tournament at Suzhou last week, had defeated New Zealand 75-73 in the opening game of the second leg on Wednesday and FIBA Africa champions Angola 68-59 on Thursday.
Sung Fengwu, under whom China won the gold medal at the 24th FIBA Asia Championship for Women at Omura last year to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics, had expressed certain concerns on the youngsters’ ability to raise their game to match the demands of the international stage.
Friday’s show, when veterans Miao Lijie, Nan Chen and Ma Zengyu were rested, might go a long way in soothing such concerns.
Ji Yanyan (pic above) was the leading scorer for China with 15 points, including five in a row scoring bringing China back from 61-66 to tying the score before Wei Wei’s free-throw clinched the issue for the hosts.
Zhang Yu contributed 11 points and Guan Xin 9 points.
China are drawn with Angola, defending Olympic gold medalists USA and three teams that will come through FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women in Group A of the Prelim Round at the 2012 London Olympics.
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