Puerto Varas (2011 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women) – While some may have thought Chinese Taipei were in Chile to make up the numbers, they have shown they mean business on night one of the FIBA U19 World Championship for Women.
The FIBA U18 Asia Championship bronze medallists squarely put one foot in the Eight Finals with a superb 83-73 victory over the more fancied Slovenia in Puerto Varas.
Slovenia finished fourth at last year’s European championship and feature emerging stars Nika Baric and Tjasa Gortnar. While the 187cm Gortnar fired with 23 points and 14 rebounds, Baric was contained to just 12 points on 3/9 shooting as Slovenia managed just 29 first half points and 36% shooting for the game.
In contrast, Chinese Taipei, who finished a distant third in the Asian Championship last year, had contributors all over the court, shooting 43% from the perimeter and committing just 10 turnovers for the night.
Small forward Yu-Ting Lin led the way with 17 points on 7/11 shooting, shooting guard Chi-Fang Chang collected 11 point and 5 rebounds, while small forwards Yu-Chun Wei and Wei-Lin Wang both scored 10 points as the Taipei wings dominated.
Chinese Taipei extended a three point quarter time lead to nine points at the main break and 12 at three quarter time, before comfortable holding on for a stirring victory over the talented Europeans.
Slovenia must now beat at least one of Spain and Brazil and rely on other results going their way to progress to the Eight Finals, while one more win will secure passage for Taipei.
4 Chia-Wen KUO PG 169cm 5’7″ 18/04/1993
5 Yu-Chun WEI SG 176cm 5’9″ 23/05/1992
6 Jung-Hsing LIU SG 173cm 5’8″ 22/06/1992
7 Jung YANG PF 183cm 6’0″ 18/05/1993
8 Ching-Ning LEE SF 175cm 5’9″ 14/02/1992
10 I-Hsiu CHENG SG 178cm 5’10” 24/06/1993
11 Hsiang-Ting HUANG SF 179cm 5’10” 26/01/1993
12 Yu-Ting LIN SF 183cm 6’0″ 25/01/1994
13 Chi-Fang CHANG SG 174cm 5’9″ 16/01/1993
14 Wei-Lin WANG SF 180cm 5’11” 01/02/1993
15 Tsai-Hsin CHEN SF 181cm 5’11” 06/11/1993
World U19 World Championship for Women grouping:
Group A: Canada, Italy, Egypt, China
Group B: Russia, USA, Japan, Argentina
Group C: France, Chile, Nigeria, Australia
Group D: Taiwan, Brazil, Spain, Slovenia