The Busan BNK Thumbs of the Women’s Korean Basketball League (WKBL) have lost four straight games, despite the return of “eldest sister” Kim Han-byul. Moreover, the team’s heavy reliance on starters hasn’t been resolved, as Lee So-hee and Jin-an accounted for more than half of the team’s points.
BNK lost 60-68 against Bucheon Hana OneQ in the Woori Bank Woori WON 2023-2024 Women’s Professional Basketball League regular season at Bucheon Indoor Gymnasium on Tuesday. It was the fourth straight loss for BNK, which started with a loss against Shinhan Bank in Incheon on Feb. 2. They remain in fifth place in the league standings with a 3-8 record (0.273 winning percentage).랭크카지노
BNK led by Jin-an and Lee So-hee in the first quarter, keeping Hana OneQ within one point, but started to fall behind in the second quarter. BNK seemed to have the upper hand in the rebounding battle in the second half, gaining a foothold in the game, but were unable to block a three-pointer from Shin Ji-hyun and eventually went to their knees.
For BNK, the return of Kim Han-byul, who injured her ankle that day, helped her reach the 1,000-assist milestone in the regular season, but it was overshadowed by the team’s loss. Kim, who returned to the court for the first time in seven games after injuring her ankle and knee against Samsung Life Insurance on March 16, played eight minutes and 50 seconds, starting in the second quarter. She didn’t have much to show for it, finishing with two points and five rebounds, but she did add one assist to become the 18th player in WKBL history to reach the 1,000-assist plateau. Kim Ji-yoon (retired) holds the top spot with 2,733 assists.
The game showed that BNK still relies heavily on its starters. BNK scored 60 points on the day, with 61.7% (37) of those points coming from Lee So-hee (22) and Jin-an (15). The duo played 39:28 of the game’s 40 minutes. With no chance to regain their stamina, they eventually lost focus. BNK substituted Lee So-hee and Jin-an at the end of the fourth quarter, when the game was practically decided, not only costing the team the game, but also failing to capitalize on the bench players’ opportunities.
After reaching the championship final for the first time in its history last season thanks to the performances of its starters, BNK has set a goal for this season to get evenly matched performances from multiple players. To that end, they actually used every player on the roster in a single game, playing center Park Sung-jin instead of Kim Han-byul to strengthen their defense and experimenting with Han Um-ji’s forward “chemistry. It will be interesting to see where BNK ends up this season after experiencing some ‘growing pains’ in the early and mid-season.
Article provided by The Korea Times