Yongin Samsung Life’s Lee Hae-ran scored a game-high 31 points. Incheon Shinhan Bank’s Kim Sonia put a whopping 42 points on the rim. But it was Samsung Life who took the win in overtime.
Samsung Life defeated Shinhan Bank 89-84 in overtime in an away game of the 2023-24 Women’s Professional Basketball League regular season at Dowon Gymnasium in Incheon on Wednesday.
With the win, Samsung Life improved to 2-1 and moved into a tie for third place with Busan BNK. They are half a game behind leaders Asan Woori Bank and Cheongju KB (both with two wins). Shinhan Bank, on the other hand, dropped to fifth place with Bucheon Hana OneQ after losing its opening three games.
Lee Hae-ran scored a career-high 31 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while Bae Hye-yoon returned from injury to score 18 points in the win.레모나토토 도메인
Kim Sonia also scored a game-high 42 points and added 12 rebounds, but her efforts were overshadowed by her team’s loss. It’s been 14 years and nine months since a Korean player scored more than 40 points in the WKBL since Woori Bank’s Kim Kye-ryung (45 points) in February 2009 during the 2008-09 season. Byun Yeon-ha of BNK is just four points shy of the most points scored by a Korean player in a single game (46) in January 2008 during the 2007-08 season. For reference, the most points scored by a foreign player in a single game in the WKBL is 56 points by Lauren Jackson, then playing for Samsung Life, in March 2007 during the 2007 Winter League.
Shinhan Bank held a slight 36-31 advantage in the first half, but Samsung Life turned the game around in the third quarter to take a 58-56 lead into the fourth quarter. In the closing minutes of the fourth quarter, Samsung Life seemed to be on the verge of victory, taking a 74-71 lead after two free throws and a basket by Lee Hae-ran and two free throws by Bae Hye-yoon. However, Kim Sonia’s long-range three-pointer with seven seconds left in regulation hit the rim, tying the game at 74-74 and forcing overtime.
At the start of the overtime, Lee Hae-ran scored a basket followed by a three-pointer to give Samsung Sinsung a 79-74 lead. Kim Sonia, who scored 38 points in the fourth quarter, drove to the basket to pull within two points, but Bae Hye-yoon answered with a mid-range shot to widen the gap again. Bae Hye-yoon rebounded a last-second basket to keep Shinhan Bank in the game and secure the victory.