China Women’s Team Earn Ticket to 2012 London Olympics

China proved their dominance once again and they did it in style as they avenged their lone defeat of the tournament with a 65-62 win over Korea in the finals of the 24th FIBA Asia Championship for Women in Omura-Nagasaki, Japan.

Miao Lijie was named as the tournament MVP and she proved that she deserved the award as she finished with 20 points, highlighted by huge plays down the stretch that sealed the ticket to the 2012 London Olympics.

“Isn’t Championship medal games all about raising to the occasion?” said Miao after the game. “I am thrilled that people still think I am that good. Most importantly, my coach and teammates think I am good enough help them. And I am glad I am able to keep their faith.”

Nan Chen also had a share of the spotlight for the Chinese squad, finishing with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Zengyu Ma added 19 points, which was simply too much for Korea, who lost their composure down the stretch.

Despite the defeat, Korea, who was led by Sin Jung’s 15 points, will still have a chance to book a ticket to London when they compete in the 2012 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

“We lost concentration when it mattered,” said Korea coach Lim Dal Shik. “But overall I am happy that a lot of our plans worked here. We can confidently prepare now.”

Meanwhile, the host country, Japan, bagged the bronze medal after dismantling Chinese Taipei, 83-56, in the battle-for-third match, while Lebanon and India managed to protect their Elite Level I status with victories over Level II topnotchers Kazakhstan and Malaysia, respectively.


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