Goal achieved. Now it’s Switzerland!

The South Korea U18 Women’s National Team lost 61-79 against China in the semifinals of the FIBA U18 Women’s Asia Cup 2024 on Monday in Shenzhen, China.

The team was blocked by China’s 17-year-old 220-centimeter Zhang Jiyu. Zhang Jiyu scored 34 points (68% FG), grabbed 16 rebounds and dished out five assists in 21 minutes and 35 seconds against her 사설 토토사이트 national team.

220 centimeters. That’s a formidable height. With the ball in her hands, Zhang Jiyu controlled the ball freely over the heads of her teammates. In addition to scoring, he also boasted an awl-like pass that set up teammates for scoring.

“She was the female Yao Ming,” said Kang Byung-soo (Suwon Girls’ High School), who led the national team, when describing how he felt facing Zhang Jiyu.

Although the team failed to cross the new Great Wall of China, they qualified for the 2025 FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup in Lausanne, Switzerland. This was the goal of the tournament, so the achievement is clear.

“The coaching staff’s dedicated efforts over the past month have yielded good results, and I’m grateful to the players for believing in us. I want to say thank you to them for their hard work.”

After losing in the semifinals, the team will next play Japan on July 30 for the third-place match. After this match, the team will return home on July 1. The fateful Korea-Japan match.

“We will do our best until the end amidst the interest and support of many people,” said coach Kang Byung-soo.

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