The Asan Woori Bank of the Korean Women’s Professional Basketball League has won five games in the opening five rounds of the season.
The team struggled at the beginning of the season due to a series of injuries to their main players, but they have not been deterred by the expectations of being a ‘favorite’ thanks to their deep roster.
It will be interesting to see if Park Hye-jin, who was sidelined due to injury, can continue her winning streak with a spectacular comeback.
Woori Bank defeated Incheon Shinhan Bank 92-78 in the final game of the first round of the Woori Bank Woori WON 2023-2024 Women’s Professional Basketball League at Asan Sunshin Gymnasium in Chungcheongnam-do on Nov. 22, ending the first round with five straight wins to open the season.
Woori Bank, the defending champions and favorites to win the title again this season, had a bad start to the season. 온라인카지노
“Franchise star” Park Hye-jin, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 rookie draft, suffered a plantar injury and only joined training shortly before kickoff.
While Park was building her form, Yoo Seung-hee, who was acquired from Shinhan Bank, suffered a torn ACL in her right knee in the opening game and was quickly ruled out for the season.
Despite the difficult conditions, Woori Bank managed to rack up a series of wins thanks to the performances of Kim Dan-bi, Park Ji-hyun, and Lee Myung-kwan.
Lee Myung-kwan, who joined the team for the first time this season but was barely able to participate in training due to a plantar injury, also surprised coach Satellite by averaging 10.75 points in four games.
Woori Bank was closer to “full strength” when Park Hye-jin, who had been slowly building up her fitness, took the court against Samsung Life in Yongin, the fourth game of the first round, on April 18.
After warming up with four points, four rebounds, and two assists with few offensive attempts in her comeback game, Park Hye-jin announced her return to form on the 22nd with a team-high 19 points, seven rebounds, and five assists against Shinhan Bank.
Commentator Ahn Deok-soo said, “With Kim Dan-bi seemingly struggling physically after the opening game with a lot of turnovers, Park Hye-jin’s return with her presence is expected to take a lot of pressure off of her.
With bench players such as Go Ara and Noh Hyun-ji doing a good job of not only defending but also scoring, the team should be able to continue their winning streak without any further injury setbacks.”