After finishing as runners-up in the Park Shinja Cup International Tournament, Woori Bank Asan women’s basketball head coach Satellite Woo said, “I learned a lot,” and thanked the players for their hard work.
Woori Bank fell to Japan’s Toyota Antelopes 65-72 in the tournament finals at Cheongju Gymnasium in Chungcheongbuk-do on Wednesday.
“It would have been better if we had won the championship,” Woori said in a postgame interview, but praised the players for their hard work, saying, “They are much better than me.”
“In a tournament like this (which is not a regular league), you can actually make a point of participating, but we didn’t take it lightly,” he said, adding, “I think we learned a lot from the game against Toyota.”
“I hope that next year’s Park Shin-ja Cup will be a great help to the players and coaches,” he said.
Woori Bank played the fourth quarter of the game with only six players, including Kim Dan-bi (22 points), Park Ji-hyun (15 points), Choi Yi-sam (12 points), Yoo Seung-hee (11 points), Na Yoon-jung (5 points), and Noh Hyun-ji.
“We had a lot of injuries before the tournament. I think it’s the coach’s responsibility to rehabilitate the players,” he said, adding, “I’m sorry that we played a game that didn’t look like a final, but I’m satisfied that no players were seriously injured.”
The coach was full of praise for Park Ji-hyun, who played all 40 minutes of the game and recorded 15 points and eight rebounds.
“I feel that Park Ji-hyun is growing into a central player in women’s basketball,” said Wee. “She was quite good in the training camp in Japan, and I think that trend has continued.”
“Park Ji-hyun is now 23 years old, and if she was not cool when she was younger, she seems to be showing herself now,” he said, adding, “I feel that she has grown into an adult and a player with good character, so I feel rewarded.”
Regarding Yoo Seung-hee, who transferred from Shinhan Bank in Incheon, he said, “Her attitude to integrate into the team is outstanding. In this tournament, she defended very well, did not mind doing bad things and had a clear understanding of her role.” “I also appreciated that she did not shy away from crucial moments.”
“We are grateful to Toyota for inviting us to the tournament and giving us the opportunity to grow with our young players,” said head coach Yuko Oga. “It feels good to avenge our first game loss in the final.”
Shiori Yasuma, who was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player (MVP), said, “I learned a lot from the Korean players, such as how they play to create space. The season is about to start, and I feel like I’ve grown through this tournament.”
“It was hard to play against Park Ji-hyun because of his physicality, but he’s an excellent player in all aspects, including 3-pointers, rebounding, passing, and penetration,” Yasuma said, adding, “If there’s a chance to play him again, I’d love to.”
Regarding his semifinal opponent from the previous day, Heo Ye-eun (KB), he said, “He’s not relatively tall, but his passing was very good,” and added, “He seems to know how to utilize big men well.”
Regarding the MVP prize of 2 million won, he smiled and said, “I want to come to Korea,” and then added, “The food is delicious, and there are many friendly people. The Korean language is also very beautiful.” 파워볼사이트