Players and coaching staff of China celebrate after winning the game against Spain during the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2020 Group B match between Spain and China in Belgrade, Serbia, February 8, 2020.
This means the team is now in the Tokyo Olympics.
China led 6-2 in the opening of the game. China’s head coach Xu Limin called his first timeout after Spain reversed the scores 9-6 and pointed out straightforwardly that the Chinese players had a bit too many turnovers.
Spain had multiple chances under the basket, but struggled to convert them into scores. Nevertheless, they were leading 15-12 by the end of the first quarter.
China took the lead by 18-17 after Spain committed four fouls in the second quarter. For the Chinese ladies, the result against the World No. 3 team was promising if they could control their own turnovers and Spain’s counterattacks.
China’s Li Meng and Yang Liwei stretched the gap to seven points (28-21), enlarging the advantage for the team.
Spain were faced with a 6-22 deficit from the second quarter, which ended on 34-21.
It was foreseeable that Spain would strengthen their offense in the second half, which they did, making it important for Team China to observe the opposing team and maintain stability. China is in the same group with Great Britain, Spain, and South Korea, and has won the first two matches.