China def. Gilas Pilipinas Women, 143-52 (FIBA Women's Asia Cup 2021) September 27

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World #51 Gilas Pilipinas Women (Average height: 5'6", average age: 23yo) lost to world #7 China (Average height: 6'1", average age: 24yo), 143-52 in the preliminary round of the 2021 FIBA Women's Asia Cup on Monday at Prince Hamzah Hall in Amman Jordan.

Guard Liwei Yang topscored for China with 21 points (7/9 fg, 6/7 ft), 5 assists, 5 steals and 2 rebounds while 6'7" Yueru Li with a solid game of 18 points (6/8 fg, 6/7 ft), 6 assists, 4 rebounds and a block. 6'9" center Xu Han scored 17 points (8/14 fg), 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 1 block.

Afril Bernardino paced Gilas Pilipinas Women with 17 points (8/18 FG), 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steal and 2 blocks in 30 minutes of play while Janine Pontejos added 7 points (3/9 FG, 1/4 FT). 6'4" Clare Castro, lone center for Gilas Pilipinas Women, finished the game with 5 points (1/5 fg, 1/4 3pt, 2/2 ft) and 1 rebound before fouling out with five minutes left in the game.

Gilas committed 24 turnovers in the contest, only shot 21/68 (30%) from the field including 6-of-24 shooting from downtown and went 4-of-6 from the free throw line (China - 31/40 ft). China outrebounded the Philippines, 55-23. Chna also had more assists (CHN 52 / PHL 5) and steals (CHN 17 / PHL 2).

Gilas Pilipinas Women will try to bounce back tomorrow, September 28 at 11:55PM (PHL time) against world #3 Australia. [Watch here]



The Scores:

CHINA 143 - L Yang 21, Yueru Li 18, Han 17, Zhang 15, Yuan Li 13, Yifan Li 13, H Yang 11, Wang 10, Pan 9, Huang 9, Wu 7.

PHILIPPINES 52 - Bernardino 17, Pontejos 7, Fajardo 6, Prado 6, Nabalan 5, Castro 5, Clarin 3, Castillo 3, Cayabyab 0, Pingol 0, Cabinbin 0, Tongco 0.

Quarters: 35-17, 69-29, 108-38, 143-52. [FULL GAME STATS]

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