‘What a thrill!
It was a battle of the favorites. It was a nail-biter until the very end. Woori Bank smiled broadly. It succeeded in pulling off a thrilling upset. Woori Bank won the first round of the ‘Woori WON 2023-2024 Women’s Professional Basketball League’ by one point, 72-71 (18-27 15-10 17-18 22-16), against Kookmin Bank at Asan Yi Sunshin Gymnasium on Friday. Woori Bank opened with three straight wins to take sole possession of first place. Kookmin Bank, on the other hand, suffered its first loss of the season (1-2) and is tied for second place with BNK and 토토사이트 Samsung Life Insurance.
Woori Bank and Kookmin Bank were early favorites for the season. Defending champion Woori Bank was looking for a second straight win. ‘Ace’ Kim Dan-bi got off to a flying start in the opening game against BNK, scoring 32 points on her own. For Kookmin Bank, ‘Treasure’ Park Ji-soo is back. The team is determined to put last season’s disappointments behind them. In fact, both teams were tied for first place after opening with two straight wins. This is why there was a lot of interest in this game. It was a big game that could decide the outcome of the early season.
Before the game, the scales were slightly tipped in favor of Kookmin Bank. Woori Bank was not at full strength. New transfer Yoo Seung-hee, who was expected to play a big role this season, was sidelined in his first game after joining the team. He was diagnosed with an ACL tear in his right knee. It’s a serious injury that will take at least six months and up to a year to recover from. It’s not out for the season. Na Yun-jeong also suffered a shoulder injury in the previous match. She is reportedly wearing a half-cast. Park Hye-jin was also unable to join the squad due to illness.
The first quarter was dominated by Kookmin Bank. Park Ji-soo dominated the first quarter, scoring 13 points. She didn’t let up. Little by little, the offense opened up around Kim Dan-bi. In the second half, the team found its rhythm with better rebounding and outside shooting. The highlight was the final offensive possession. Trailing 70-71. There were 3.6 seconds left in the game. Park Ji-hyun inbounded the ball from transfer Lee Myung-kwan under the basket and connected on a dramatic buzzer-beating two-point shot. The whistle blew.