The ace returned to the fallen team, and the good team lost the ace.
The Shinhan Bank SOL 2022-2023 women’s professional basketball regular league begins the second half of the 14th after the All-Star break. Cheongju KB and Yongin Samsung Life Insurance are attracting the most attention.
Around the end of the first half, KB Park Ji-soo returned. Park Ji-soo, who was diagnosed with panic disorder at the end of last season and was not exercising, joined the team in November and returned after a period of adaptation on December 17 against HanawonQ in Bucheon.
He started as a substitute and gradually increased his playing time, but on December 25, he exploded with 30 points and 8 rebounds while playing 36 minutes and 55 seconds against Incheon Shinhan Bank.
Park Ji-soo’s appearance against Shinhan Bank, which showed explosive power even though it was not 100%, is also the reason why KB in the second half is wary. KB is four games behind fourth-place Shinhan Bank. 먹튀검증
On the other hand, second place Samsung Life Insurance has a big power gap in the second half. In the game against Woori Bank on December 26, key guards Kiana Smith and Lee Joo-yeon both left due to knee injuries, ending the season early.
Samsung Life Insurance did not make it to the playoffs last season by placing 5th, but this season it is chasing the leading Woori Bank by competing with BNK for 2nd place. Rookie Qiana is the center of the sprint. Kiana, a mixed-race player, is from the WNBA. From the time she participated in the draft, Samsung Life Insurance declared that she would exercise the right to pick the first pick, and she is a player who has been in the spotlight.
The news of Kiana’s joining drew attention to the extent that her Samsung Life Insurance became a dark horse. Kiana, who set the record for the most points scored by a rookie in the opening game with 21 points since her debut, along with forward Hye-yoon Bae.
Coincidentally, at the time when KB, which had fallen to the bottom without Park Ji-soo, regained Park Ji-soo and prepared for a counterattack, Samsung Life Insurance, which was causing a sensation with Kiana joining, faced a situation where she lost her Kiana and had to overcome her crisis.
The pace of leading Woori Bank is also a factor to note. When Woori Bank finished runner-up to KB, which was overwhelming last season, they hired Kim Dan-bi, the biggest free agent (FA) player, to fill the defense perfectly.
Woori Bank, which had an invincible run in the first half without Park Ji-soo, is on a 13-game winning streak. On the 14th, we will open the second half with a match against 3rd place Busan BNK Some.