Bengaluru, October 29: Defending champions China defeated New Zealand 67-58 in a nail-biting Division A- Group B encounter of the 2018 FIBA Asia Women’s (Under-18) basketball championships at the Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium here on Monday.
Mingling Chen, the top scorer with 19 points against Malaysia in the opening game, once again did the star turn for China as she sunk 22 baskets to go right on top of the scoring charts in this second straight win for her team.
Australia down Taipei
Earlier, riding on Miela Goodchild’s all-round brilliance, Australia recorded another big tally as they defeated Chinese Taipei 106-66 in group A.
This was the second straight win for Australia, the Oceania champions, after their easy 96-28 win over Indonesia in their opening match.
Meila Goodchild scored 27 points and also collected 10 rebounds and provided two assists to star in the victory of the impressive Aussies.
Yu-Chieh Chen matched her rival basket for basket and scored 21 points for the Taipei team but to no avail. This was their second straight defeat having lost to Korea Republic on Sunday.
Results: Division A (Group A): Chinese Taipei 66 (Yu-Chieh Chen 21) lost to Australia 106 (Miela Goodchild 27) (23-35, 13-26, 21-23, 9-22).
Group B: New Zealand 58 (Charlisse Leger-Walker 22) lost to China 67 (Mingling Chen 15) (16-13, 11-17, 13-18, 18-19).