June 28,2014(ISN) – (Toronto, Ont.) – China began the final day of competition at the 2014 Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship by defeating France 64-30 for seventh place. China finishes with a 3-5 record while France falls to 2-6.
China came out with a dominant offensive display, scoring eight straight to begin the match. France struggled to keep pace as the Chinese side quickly compiled a 21-5 quarter. The French opened the second with a 7-0 streak to trim the lead, but China came back to regain control of the game and take the frame 17-15.
France’s difficulties in generating offence continued in the second half. The European side was held to two points as China pushed its lead to 51-22. The French seemed unable to find their offensive rhythm and shot 23 per cent in the match. Team China held a clear edge in play around the basket, outscoring France 30-18 in the paint and out-rebounding the opposition 39-29.
The balanced Chinese attack featured four players in double figures; Jia Meng Dai led the way with 15 points and seven rebounds. Yong Qing Fu a double-double of 11 and 11. Angélique Pichon countered for France with ten points and a game-high 13 rebounds, while teammate Fabienne Saint Omer-Delepine added ten and ten.
Following the victory, Chinese head coach Han Yan commented on his team’s growth and development in this competition. “At the beginning, the team did not play to its full potential, but in the past four games, the players have been been getting into shape and performing to the best of their abilities. Our team goal was to find out what areas we needed to work on through this tournament. Overall, I’m very satisfied with our performance here.”
Team China, ranked No. 5 in the world, improved upon its eighth place standing at the 2010 edition of this event, though the team fell below its fifth-place finish at the 2012 Paralympic Games. France, who qualified for this competition following a fourth-place showing at the 2013 European Championship, did not participate in the last World Championship.