China women completed their disappointing Olympic run with a
82-63 victory over Japan on Tuesday to finish ninth in the
basketball competition in Athens.
In Tuesday's earlier game, Nigeria edged off South Korea 68-64
to finish 11th.
The Asians battled through the first three quarters before Asian
champions took the domination of the decisive fourth period by
China had the better of the game from beginning to open it at
Japan closed the first half at 30-29 to the advantage of China
with an 11-0 run.
The two sides exchanged baskets for most of the third quarter,
which saw China never extended its lead over six points to enter
the fourth quarter at 51-48.
Forward Sui Feifei led China with 25 points, seven rebounds and
four steals, while Wang Ling contributing 22 points and 13
Kaori Kusuda and Horiko Hamaguchi scored 13 points each for
Japan, who was conquered by 48-24 on board.
(Xinhua News Agency August 24, 2004)