China records 60-point win over NZ in women’s bas­ket­ball

Fiji Sun - - World News -

Bei­jing: Fu­eled by a dom­i­nant first quar­ter, the Chi­nese women’s bas­ket­ball team gained much con­fi­dence in their prepa­ra­tion for the Olympic Qual­i­fy­ing Tour­na­ment (OQT) with a 84-24 crush over New Zealand in 2016 Four-Na­tion Bas­ket­ball Tour­na­ment on Satur­day. “We want to play like a team. We want to be per­sis­tent and fo­cused in our mind. I think we did that, and our de­fense was won­der­ful,” said China’s head coach Thomas Ma­her. Led by Wu Di’s game-high 12, 11 play­ers had points for China. Sun Mengxin and Shao Ting had 11 apiece. Com­pared with three warmup matches against Venezuela in April, China’s ros­ter was cut to 14 play­ers. Their op­po­nents New Zealand will also be on the stage of OQT in June.

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