29 August, 2015
05 September
13 Jung Eun KIM (Korea)
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Podium is the target for Korea and Chinese Taipei

WUHAN (2015 FIBA Asia Women's Championship) - After losing in Friday's Semi-Finals, both Korea and Chinese Taipei will vie for the last spot on the podium of the 2015 FIBA Asia Women's Championship in Saturday's Third-Place Game.

Chinese Taipei lost to defending champions Japan in their Semi-Final, 65-58, thanks to the late game heroics of Sanae Motokawa, while Korea was on the receiving end of a drubbing at the hands of China, 60-45.

Both these teams already met earlier in this tournament, with Korea winning quite comfortably, 76-58.

In that game, Park Hye-Jin led the way for the victors with 17 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 steals. Yang Ji-Hee and Kim Jung-Eun also did well with a dozen points each, while Chinese Taipei was paced by the combined 28 points of Wu Ying-Chieh and Lin Yu-Ting.

In Saturday's Third-Place Game between these two teams, Chinese Taipei will certainly need to better defend Korea on the perimeter. In their earlier win over Chinese Taipei, Korea capitalised on their outside shooting. The Koreans hit 13-of-25 three-pointers in that game as Park Hye-Jin waxed hot with 5 baskets from downtown.

On the other end, Korea will need to be much more aggressive in attacking the basket. They shot exactly zero free throws against China, with Korea's propensity to prioritise outside shooting biting them on the back a little bit.

Coach We Sung-Woo's wards cannot afford to be complacent against Chinese Taipei, especially since the latter have star-in-the-making Bao Hsi-Le. If Bao (also known as Joy Burke) waxes hot and contributes on both ends (read: block shots, screen, and score), then Chinese Taipei's chances go up significantly. Bao is actually norming 8.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, but her 1.96m height is also surely something to watch out for.

Countering her will probably be the job of Yang Ji-Hee and Park Ji-Su. Yang is currently third on the team in scoring, while Park is slowly developing into maybe the next big thing for Korea’s national side. Trying to contain Bao, though, will be tough, especially given her size and mobiliyy.

Both of these teams will surely take this game seriously. What's at stake, of course, is a chance to join Japan and China on the podium when all the dust settles.