22 June, 2016
02 July
5 Yueru LI (China); 10 Chihiro SEKI (Japan); 4 Izumi ABE (Japan)
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China prepare for life without Li

ZARAGOZA (2016 FIBA U17 Women’s World Championship) - China head coach Jianxin Li is going to have to come up with a strategy to cope without his crown jewel Yueru Li at the 2016 FIBA U17 Women’s World Championship.

The standout sensation of the 2015 FIBA Asia U16 Women’s Championship was the main omission as China confirmed their final roster for Zaragoza.

China 12-player roster for 2016 FIBA U17 Women's World Championship
Song Feng Xu Han Shan Li Yuan Li
Yutong Liu Yu Luo Jiaqi Wang Mengqi Wang
Qiuyi Wang Tong Xiao Lingge Zhang Ru Zhang

China will have to do something special to cover for the absence of the phenomenal Li, who conjured up a wonderful 22.1 points and 16.1 boards per game last year in Medan as they rode their way to the title.

Looking to improve on their eleventh place finish in Pilsen and Klatovy at the last edition, China will face Australia, France and Mexico in Group B.

It means a strong onus will now be on Lingge Zhang who also amassed a tournament double-double in Indonesia.

In the backcourt, Jiaqi Wang and Shan Li will be expected to shine.

China wrapped up their preparations by sealing an impressive 60-46 success against an U18 Slovenia team, having previously been beaten 67-64 in and earlier meeting against the same opponents.