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Xinjiang edges Jiangsu to secure WCBA final berth

Pub Date:20-12-31 08:56 Source:Xinhua


Sun Li (C) of Jiangsu team passes the ball during the semi-final match between Xinjiang team and Jiangsu team at the 2020-2021 season Women's Chinese Basketball Association (WCBA) league in Bengbu of east China's Anhui Province, Dec. 29, 2020. (Xinhua/Huang Bohan)

HEFEI, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- Xinjiang became the first team to reach the final of the Women's Chinese Basketball Association (WCBA) with an 82-66 victory over Jiangsu in Bengbu, east China's Anhui province on Tuesday.

The two teams were neck and neck after the tip-off, trading off leads several times in the first half. Led by former Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) player Han Xu, who scored 17 points in the first half, Xinjiang had a slight advantage of three points, leading 39-36 at halftime.

Jiangsu attempted to fight back after the break, but only found the deficit enlarged to nine points going into the last 10 minutes.

Han scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Wang Siyu and Wang Lili both bagged 19 points for Xinjiang in the victory.

"I feel very excited to enter the WCBA final for the first time, but I need to play stronger in the paint in the final game since we will face a very tough opponent," said Han, also a Chinese international.

The other finalist will be decided between Inner Mongolia and Sichuan on Tuesday night. Starting on Friday, the finals take a best-of-three format, with the latest date for the season's conclusion next Tuesday. Enditem


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