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WNBA center named to unified Korean Asiad basketball team

All Headlines 15:10 August 01, 2018

SEOUL, Aug. 1 (Yonhap) -- The Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) center Park Ji-su has been named to the unified Korean women's team for the upcoming Asian Games.

The Korea Basketball Association (KBA) said Wednesday that Park, a rookie center for the Las Vegas Aces, is one of nine South Koreans joined by three North Koreans for the Aug. 18-Sept. 2 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia.

But a KBA official said it's not yet clear if the 19-year-old will be allowed to play. The KBA is still in talks with the Aces over Park's release during the WNBA season, and the KBA is prepared to name a replacement in case Park isn't made available.

In this Joint Press Corps file photo from July 5, 2018, members of the South Korean and North Korean women's basketball teams salute the crowd at Ryugyong Chung Ju-yung Gymnasium in Pyongyang after a friendly game. (Yonhap)

In 25 games for the Aces, Park is averaging 3.2 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. She is shooting 42.5 percent from the floor while averaging 13.5 minutes of action.

Other South Korean players are center Kwak Joo-yeong, forwards Kang Lee-seul, Kim Han-byul, Lim Yung-hui and Choi Eun-sil, and guards Park Ha-na, Park Hye-jin and Park Ji-hyun.

The three North Korean players are center Ro Suk-yong, guard Jang Mi-gyong and guard Kim Hye-yon.

The South Korean head coach is Lee Moon-kyu. The three North Korean players crossed the border last Sunday with their assistant coach Jong Song-sim, rather than their own head coach Jang Myong-jin.

South Korea is the defending Asian Games champion. In this year's Asian Games, the unified Korean team has been paired with Taiwan, Indonesia, Kazakhstan and India in Group X. The top four teams out of that group will reach the quarterfinals.

The unified team held its first joint practice at Jincheon Training Center in Jincheon, 90 kilometers south of Seoul, on Wednesday.

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