China has defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina for the second consecutive year at the Women’s Basketball World Cup-Xinhua

Zhang Ru (front R) of China vies with Matea Tavic of Bosnia and Herzegovina during a Group A match at the 2022 FIBA ​​Women’s Basketball World Cup in Sydney, Australia, Sept. 23, 2022. (Photo by Hu Jingchen/Xinhua)

SYDNEY, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) — China outclassed Bosnia and Herzegovina 98-51 to record its second straight FIBA ​​Women’s Basketball World Cup win here on Friday.

China continued its offensive momentum en route to another comfortable win after beating South Korea 107-44 in Thursday’s opener.

Ten Chinese players had their names on the scoreboard with five reaching double digits. Han Xu and Li Meng led with 18 and 17 points, respectively. Li shot 64 percent of field goals and also contributed to the game with three rebounds, three assists and a steal.

This was the first meeting between the two teams on the world stage.

With Jonquel Jones as Bosnia’s top player, the team opened the game with a 3-pointer. China, however, leveled a 5-0 deficit after the tip and led the first quarter 26-21 before extending the lead to 19 points by half-time.

In the second quarter, China benefited from a strong defense and defeat on the perimeter while Han came on the court and fought hard at both ends. The 198 cm tall Jones kept attacking but ran out of breath.

The second half started with a three by Li as China continued to control the game. Han also scored consecutive points to help her team maintain a comfortable cushion.

China are expected to play what is expected to be their toughest game in Group A on Saturday when they take on holders USA.

Wang Siyu (R) of China competes with Andjela Delic of Bosnia and Herzegovina during a Group A match at the 2022 FIBA ​​Women’s Basketball World Cup in Sydney, Australia, September 23, 2022. (Photo by Hu Jingchen/Xinhua)

Wang Siyu (1st L) of China vies with Jonquel Jones (2nd L) of Bosnia and Herzegovina during a Group A match at the 2022 FIBA ​​Women’s Basketball World Cup in Sydney, Australia, Sept. 23, 2022. (Photo by Hu Jingchen/ Xinhua)

Li Yueru (front R) of China vies with Jonquel Jones of Bosnia and Herzegovina during a Group A match at the 2022 FIBA ​​Women’s Basketball World Cup in Sydney, Australia, Sept. 23, 2022. (Photo by Hu Jingchen/Xinhua)

Li Yueru of China catches a basket during a Group A match against Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) at the 2022 FIBA ​​Women’s Basketball World Cup in Sydney, Australia, Sept. 23, 2022. (Photo by Hu Jingchen/Xinhua)

Wang Siyu (L) of China controls the ball during a Group A match against Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) at the 2022 FIBA ​​Women’s Basketball World Cup in Sydney, Australia, Sept. 23, 2022. (Photo by Hu Jingchen/Xinhua )

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