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Shinhan Loses Three Straight Games

Posted January. 04, 2005 22:28,   


“Nikki Teasley brought both worries and joy to the team.”

Kookmin Bank, defeating Shinhan Bank, has won two straight games following two defeats. On the game held on January 4 in Cheonan, Kookmin Bank defeated Shinhan Bank 67-49. Kookmin Bank’s current record is two wins and two defeats, while Shinhan Bank has three defeats.

In the WNBA, Nikki Teasley, who used to play with the L.A. Sparks, was a star player who led the league in assists in the 2004 season. However, ever since she joined the Women`s Korea Basketball League (WKBL), she has not shown interests in assists, but only in scoring.

In the game on January 4 against Shinhan Bank, although Teasley shot six three-pointers in the first quarter alone, she did not make any of them. Coach Lee Moon-kyu of Kookmin Bank did not tolerate it and brought her back to the bench with 1:33 left in the first quarter as the team was down 9-15. In the second quarter, thanks to Korean players such as Kim Eun-kyung (13 points) and Jung Sun-min (12 points), Kookmin Bank reversed the score to 25-24.

Teasley later re-entered the game and made a three-pointer in her ninth attempt at 1:45 prior to the end of third quarter with the team ahead 42-37. She continued to make field goals and a three-pointer and helped the team to an 11-point lead, 50-39.

Although she succeeded on only two of her 11 three-point tries, she scored 23 points, which were the highest individual points scored in this game.

Shinhan Bank suffered from failing to make goals; the team did not make any of the 14 three-pointers attempted. This was the first time ever since the WKBL was first established in 1998 that a team failed to make any three-pointers throughout the game.

Chang Jeon jeon@donga.com