Korea and Japan Remains Perfect in FIBA Asia Championship for Women

Korea and Japan continue to impress after demolishing their respective opponents in day two of the ongoing 24th FIBA Asia Championship for Women in Omura-Nagasaki, Japan.

After stunning defending champions China in overtime on the opening day of the Asian championships, Korea displayed flashes of brilliance anew to crush India, 83-47, to grab a perfect 2-0 record.

Kang Ajeong spearheaded the Korean’s attack as she finished with 17 points, shooting an impressive 5-for-8 clip from beyond-the-arc, while Kim Danbi and Kim Youn Joo added 13 and 12 points, respectively.

The much-experienced Korean squad was simply too much for India, who were badly outrebounded, 45-27, and missed all of their 14 three-point attempts as compared to the 11-for-29 clip for Korea.

Geethu Anna Jose was the lone bright spot, scoring 27 points to go with 10 rebounds, for India, who absorbed their second defeat after losing to Chinese Taipei in the tournament-opener.

On the other hand, the host squad didn’t let their countrymen down once again as Japan cruised to an easy 81-54 win over East Asian rival Chinese Taipei.

Yuka Mamiya had 14 points and seven rebounds, Maki Takada added 13 points and nine rebounds, while Yoko Nagi and Yuko Oga added 11 points apiece, with the latter adding eight rebounds for Japan, who defeated Lebanon in day one of the tournament.

“It fell very nicely in place early on. It helped us play with confidence,” said Japan coach Fumizaku Nakagawa.

Korea and Japan will put their unblemished record on the line when the two powerhouse squads collide on Tuesday with the winner taking a lead in the Level I group of the tournament.

24th FIBA Asia Championship for Women (Day Two Results)

  • Korea 83 – 47 India
  • Japan 81 – 54 Chinese Taipei
  • China 79 – 58 Lebanon

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