[FIBA WWC] ‘Realize the wall of the world’ Korea loses 23 points to Belgium

[FIBA WWC] ‘Realize the wall of the world’ Korea loses 23 points to Belgium
[FIBA WWC] ‘Realize the wall of the world’ Korea loses 23 points to Belgium

[점프볼=최창환 기자] The wall on the world stage feels higher than ever. Korea lost again and fell into a swamp of 11 consecutive World Cup losses.

Korea, led by coach Jeong Seon-min, lost 61-84 to Belgium in the second leg of the 2022 FIBA ​​Women’s Basketball World Cup Group A qualifier held at the Super Dome in Sydney, Australia on the 23rd.

Korea lost 2 consecutive qualifiers and 11 consecutive World Cup losses. The only double-digit score was Kang Yi-seul (11 points). On the other hand, Belgium reported their first win after one loss with the firepower of Hind Ben Adbelkander (17 points, three points, three rebounds). Emma Messerman (9 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, 4 blocks) performed triple-double in a short time.

South Korea experienced a nightmare on the first day of the tournament. On the 22nd, they lost 44-107 against China. 63 points was the largest number of defeats Korea had suffered in an international competition by China. It was a shocking defeat even considering the fact that Park Ji-soo was missing and that the bench members were evenly placed in preparation for the future schedule.

Belgium is also a strong team that ranked 5th in the FIBA’s Power Rankings this year. Amid the success of the generational change, Messerman, who is called the best player in the WNBA, is holding on. With firepower that does not discriminate inside or outside, it was selected as one of the subjects that Korea should be most wary of.


As expected, Korea struggled against Belgium. In the early part of the first quarter, Danbi Kim and Isul Kang took the initiative with their 3-point shots, but they quickly turned the tide to Belgium’s pick game using Messerman. Messerman is a player who has not only breakthrough ability but also passing ability. Korea failed to block Belgium’s 3-point shot derived from Messerman from the first quarter, ending the first quarter 12-26.

Once lost, the flow never returned. Afterwards, Kang Yi-seul and Yoon Ye-bin fought hard in Korea, but as the quarter went on, the gap with Belgium only widened. He did not find any breakthrough, such as conceding three-point shots to Hind Ben Adbelkander and Julie Banru in a row with a lack of rebounds.

It wasn’t that there was no income. Park Hye-jin and Yoon Ye-bin showed off their breakthrough power, and Shin Ji-hyeon also went back and forth in a chase at the beginning of the 4th quarter. However, he was not able to score stably because he was pushed back in a physical fight, and the power of his fast attack gradually decreased, so there was a clear limit. In the end, Korea lost without breaking the double-digit gap since the middle of the first quarter.

Korea will play the third qualifying game against Bosnia and Herzegovina on the 24th.

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The article is in Korean

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