FIBA Women's Asia Cup 2019: India fail to quell Korean challenge

The Indian eves now share the bottom spot of Group A alongside Chinese Taipei.

By Swapnil Bhopatkar ·

There was improvement for India but still defeat on day two of the 2019 FIBA Women's Asia Cup Division A, as they suffered a 97-62 defeat against South Korea at the Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium, Bengaluru.

Unlike the opening day, when they were demolished 27-103 by Japan, the Indian team were competitive throughout the encounter against an opponent which has scored more than 100 points against them in three of their previous four games.

Seizing early opportunity

India started off on a high, cruising to a 12-2 lead in the opening exchanges.

Korea gradually reeled the deficit back, but the home team - coached by Zoran Visic - finished the opening quarter holding a 22-20 lead.

Second quarter dip

A sudden plunge in Q2, however, left India in disarray as South Korea - from being two points down - cruised into an easy 42-28 lead. By the end of Q2, with India only registering six points, the visiting team had raced to 44-28 difference and there was no looking back.

India more or less managed to stay in touch with their opponents in the final half of the game, but the damage was done.

Crunch game

South Korea successfully maintained a healthy cushion and ran out winners by 97-62. They now share top spot of Group A with Japan.

Skaria was the top scorer for India with 14 points, while Hyehoon Bae managed the same number for the winners.

Next up, India faces a stern challenge against Chinese Taipei on September 26, while Korea will face off against Japan on the same day.

India will need to record a victory in their next game in order to avoid a relegation playoff.