4 Korean women’s basketball teams win the first day of the Park Shin-Ja Cup,
which has grown into an international competition
Woori Bank overcame Toyota after a second extension…
Yoo Seung-hee, KB, Shinhan Bank, and BNK also won easily
against teams from Japan, Australia, and the Philippines
Park Shin-Ja Cup
From the first day of the 2023 Park Shin-Ja Cup,
which has grown into an international competition,
four Korean women’s professional basketball teams,
including the’strongest’ Asan Woori Bank,
sounded the victory high.
Opening of Tournament
On the 26th, the opening match of the tournament
held at the Cheongju Gymnasium in North Chungcheong Province,
Woori Bank overcame Japan’s powerful Toyota Antelopes 93-90 after a bloody struggle
from the first match to the second overtime in Group A.
Kim Dan-bi, who won the 2022-2023 season regular league and championship MVP,
scored 26 points, the most for both teams, and contributed 7 assists to lead the victory.
Park Ji-hyun, who formed a one-two punch with Kim Dan-bi,
also played a big role with 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Yoo Seung-hee,
a transfer student who joined Shinhan Bank in Incheon last May,
contributed 20 points from the outside.
In particular, Yoo Seung-hee became the number one contributor
to the victory by hitting the valuable 3 points at every critical moment in the extension.
In this game, the 1st and 2nd quarters scored the same,
the 3rd quarter scored just 2 points short of Woori Bank,
so a fierce tug of war continued throughout.
Woori Bank seemed to be taking the victory with Kim Dan-bi’s goal scored
1 minute and 51 seconds before the end of the fourth quarter.
However, Miyashita Ki-ho dramatically drew a foul from Noh Hyun-ji 4 seconds
before the end of the 4th quarter, and succeeded in both free throws,
leading the game to overtime.
Toyota, riding on the momentum, seemed to have the victory
by winning a free throw as Yasuma Shiori scored a breakthrough
against Hyeonji Noh 37.8 seconds before the end of the first overtime period.
Soon after, Yoo Seung-hee attempted a one-on-one attack and counterattacked
with a score under the goal, and 13.2 seconds before the end of the first overtime,
they were close to 75-76.
Then, Yoo Seung-hee, who received a pass from Park Ji-hyeon,
split the rim to 3 points thrown from the corner, announcing the second extension.
When Toyota made it 86-83 with Mai Yamamoto’s 3 points and Juna Umezawa’s Kadisha
scoring under the goal 2 minutes and 43 seconds before the end of the game,
Yoo Seung-hee scored another 3 points from a corner to turn the game around.
Then, 30.5 seconds before the end, Na Yoon-jung exploded the outer cannon,
which ran away with a 3-point lead, and put an end to the great game.
Cheongju KB, led by Park Ji-soo, a Korean women’s basketball player,
also defeated Japanese powerhouse Eneos Sunflowers 94-68.
Park Ji-soo played for about 23 minutes and showed off his skills with 20 points,
6 rebounds and 2 block shots.
Kang I-seul, the best shooter in women’s basketball,
also exploded 7 3-pointers and poured in 27 points from the outside.
Lamu Tokashiki of Japan, who played an active part in the WNBA,
was unable to prevent a crushing defeat with only 6 points and 4 rebounds.
Incheon Shinhan Bank
Incheon Shinhan Bank defeated Bendigo Spirit, representing Australia,
a powerhouse in women’s basketball, 83-67.
Ace Sonia Kim led the victory by exploding a whopping 29 points, including 3 points and 6 rooms.
The forward ball also added 20 points by adding 6 3 points, and Kim Ji-young delivered 9 assists.
Shinhan Bank, pushed back by Bendigo’s height, fell behind 24-36 in rebounding,
but counterattacked with the outer gun.
The 2-point success rate was only 32.2%, but the Bendigo was sunk by hitting 15 3-pointers with a high success rate of 42.8%.
Busan BNK also defeated the Philippine national team with a score of 81-67.
Main gun Lee So-hee scored 20 points, Han Eom-ji and Ahn Hye-ji recorded 12 rebounds and 9 assists, respectively.
Center Jinan, who scored 13 points, also matched with Kim Han-byul to block the 194cm center Jack Daniel Animam.
Park Shin-Ja Cup
Founded in 2015, the Park Shin-Ja Cup is the largest ever,
with 10 teams from 4 countries participating this year,
will be held at the Cheongju Gymnasium in Chungcheongbuk-do from this day to September 3.
Woori Bank, Toyota, Yongin Samsung Life Insurance, Shinhan Bank, and Bendigo compete in Group A,
while KB, Bucheon HanawonQ, BNK, Eneos, and the Philippine national team compete in Group B.
The top two teams in the group advance to the quarterfinals.
Eneos holds the record of winning the Japanese W-League for 11 consecutive years, and Toyota was also the runner-up last season.
◇ 2023 Park Shin-Ja Cup International Basketball Tournament
▲ Group A
Asan Woori Bank (1 win) 93 (20-20 14-14 16-18 15-13 13-13 15-12) 90 Toyota Antelopes (1 loss) )
Incheon Shinhan Bank (1 win) 83 (28-27 15-14 19-10 21-16) 67 Bendigo Spirit (1 loss)
▲ Group B
Cheongju KB (1 win) 94 (20-16 34-11 19- 22 21-19) 68 Eneos Sunflowers (1 loss)
Busan BNK (1 win) 81 (22-14 21-10 23-20 15-23) 67 Philippine National Team (1 loss)