The Chinese National Women’s Team won their third game in a row over NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars 65-60 in Jinzhong City Wednesday night before a crowd of 3,814. Team China won the closest contest of the 2012 Longrich Cup Sino-American Women’s Basketball Pre-Olympic Challenge.
The USA All-Stars were in this game the entire way playing their best ball of the series. After Team China went out to a 20-7 lead at the close of the first quarter the Americans started to hit their shots. The USA closed to 31-30 at halftime with Becca Tobin scoring 8 points.
The game remained close through the third quarter with China holding a 48-44 lead. 6’9 Chinese center Wei Wei had 8 points and 6 rebounds at that point. The USA took several small leads early in the fourth quarter but China connected when they had top and the USA had difficulty finding the basket.
The USA shot only 38% for the game (24-of-64) including 2-of-13 on three’s. The Americans outrebounded the taller Chinese 41-37 including 11-6 on the offensive glass. Team China had no offensive rebounds in the first half.
Tomorrow is a travel day as we have a 2.5 hour flight to Heilongjiang then a 3-hour bus ride to our destination.
Comments from Head Coach, NetScouts Basketball’s Chris Denker: We competed much better tonight especially on the boards. A few missed assignments, poor execution on key possessions and missed shots cost us the game. We really played hard and had every opportunity to win but China made key plays down the stretch. We are getting much better and I think we’ll continue to compete well against the Chinese National “B” Team.”
Katie Bussey (Montana State): 4 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal
Ashley Corral (USC): 8 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals
Dawn Evans (James Madison): 6 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist
Jence Rhoads (Vanderbilt): 2 points, 7 rebounds, 1 block
Briana Gilbreath (USC): 0 points, 3 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 steal
Brittany Carter (Memphis): 2 points, 1 steal
Becky Burke (Louisville): 9 points, 2 rebounds
Kristina Santiago (Cal Poly): 3 points, 1 rebound, 3 steals
Amanda Johnson (Oregon): 5 points, 8 rebounds
Kali Bennett (Arizona State): 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 block, 1 assist
Becca Tobin (Arizona State): 11 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal
Cierra Brevard (Florida State): 8 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal