[ 2006-12-15 11:06 ]
|Members of China's women's basketball team pose with their coach
Thomas Maher (C) at the medal ceremony after winning the gold medal at the
15th Asian Games in Doha, December 14,
Chen Xiaoli scored
21 points with 12 rebounds as defending champion Mainland of
China downed Chinese Taiwan 90-59 for gold in the Asian Games women's
Mainland of China took control of the game in the second quarter, ending the
half up 46-33, then adding another 28 points in the third.
Taiwan matched Chinese Mainland point for point in the
fourth quarter, but by then the game was beyond their reach.
Mainland captain Miao Lijie added 20 points and Chen Nan had 19 and 10
rebounds. Lin Hui-mei led Taiwan with 18 points.
"We played our very best tonight," said Miao, who scored an amazing
three-pointer from within her own
half on the buzzer for the end of
the third quarter.
Taiwan were dealt a heavy blow when the tournament's leading scorer Chiang
Feng-chun was sent to the bench in the opening minutes with three personal
"We didn't know how to get our offense started," said Chiang. "We'll be
better in the Asian Cup."
China defeated South Korea for the title four years ago in Busan, and also won the gold 1982 and 1986.
Earlier in the evening, Japan narrowly defeated South Korea 74-70 for the
bronze medal, led by Ryoko Utsumi's 24 points. Yuko Oga had 13 points and nine
rebounds Beon Yeon-ha led scoring for South Korea with 22 points, while Kim
Kwe-ryong had 21.
In the men's final on Friday afternoon, unbeaten China meets host Qatar.