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(2nd LD) (Asiad) S. Korea beats China for women's basketball gold

All Headlines 21:25 October 02, 2014

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INCHEON, Oct. 2 (Yonhap) -- South Korea defeated China 70-64 to claim the gold medal in women's basketball at the Asian Games on Thursday.

With tenacious defense, South Korea snapped China's Asiad winning streak at three and captured its first Asian Games gold in the sport since 1994 in the process.

At the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, China defeated South Korea by the identical score at home, with a controversial foul call on South Korean guard Lee Mi-sun on what appeared to be a clean steal foiling South Korea's late comeback bid.

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On Thursday, South Korea took a 54-52 lead into the fourth quarter and then opened the final frame on a 10-0 scoring run over the first six minutes.

Beon Yeon-ha's baseline jumper made it 66-53 for South Korea with about three minutes left, and Sin Jung-ja's layup put the host up by 15 with two minutes to go.

China tried to eat into South Korea's lead but ran out of time at Samsan World Gymnasium.

Beon led the team with 16 points and went 3-of-7 from downtown. Sin chipped in 14 points and brought down five boards.

Four players scored in double figures for South Korea, which shot 51 percent from the field.

Shi Xiufeng had 16 points for China, which shot just 39 percent from the floor.

China led 35-33 at halftime, and the two teams were tied at 52-52 late in the third quarter. Then Yang Ji-hee beat the buzzer with a jumper for a 54-52 advantage for South Korea, and the momentum quickly swung in South Korea's favor at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

South Korea held China scoreless for nearly six minutes in the fourth quarter, with Kim Dan-bi, Yang and Sin wreaking havoc on the Chinese defense.

The consecutive buckets by Beon and Sin with the clock ticking down gave South Korea plenty of breathing room, even as China tried to narrow the gap to no avail.

South Korea outscored China 40-30 in the paint.

Lee Mi-sun, the oldest South Korean player at 35, said memories of the defeat from four years ago fueled her and other teammates who competed on that 2010 squad.

"I kept thinking back to that moment," Lee said of the late foul call in Guangzhou. "So I kept trying and trying."

She only scored two points but had a team-high three steals. It was her perimeter defense in the fourth quarter that keyed South Korea's 10-0 scoring run.

Lee may also have played her final game for the national team. Choking back on tears, she thanked her teammates for helping her end her international career on a winning note.


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