Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I'm sure that Jiangsu (5-3) - and Ann Strother - had been looking for an easy WCBA game while fighting along the middle ranks of the WCBA. They found one in Shangdong (4-4). Shangdong is affiliated with a lottery company, but Shangdong must have scratched but not won. They found themselves on the sad end of a 46-point defeat, losing 109-63 on the road.
The boxscore is here.
Jiangsu dominated the early part of the game and led 64-40 at halftime in a fast paced game. By the end of the third quarter, Jiangsu led 95-48, and the only question was whether or not Jiangsu would set some sort of scoring record. However, Jiangsu fell short of the 120 point plateau, scoring 14 points in the fourth. (Fatigue might have set in.)
Jiansgu outshot Shangdong 62 percent to 35 percent. That's the game right there. No other analysis is really needed. Jiangsu scored more overall rebounds, but offensive rebounding and turnovers were basically the same. Jiangsu would send Shangdong to the free throw line 25 times, but the hapless Shangdong team would only hit 56 percent of their shots at the free throw line.
Four players would score in double figures for Jiangsu, led by Xu Song with 29 points and six rebounds. Chen Xiaoja would score 23 points and five rebounds. The major player of the game was Bian Lan, who scored a double-double with 20 points, eight rebounds...and 16 assists. Whoa.
As for Ann Strother, she would score 11 points and four rebounds in 23 minutes of play. "Severe winter Michelle" scored two points in four minutes of play. Funny...she didn't play in the last game. I wonder if this might be Michelle SNOW? (Chinese media is mum on the matter.)
For Shangdong, "Si Secretary" led with 15 points and Sun Weiying scored 13 points. Liu Yang had seven points and eight assists for Shangdong.
Pictures will come when the snow falls on the autumn leaves. (Sounds profound, don't it?)