Thanks to Go Ara’s performance, Woori Bank succeeded in winning 5 games in a row.
Asan Woori Bank met Bucheon Hanawon Q in the Shinhan Bank SOL 2022-2023 Women’s Professional Basketball regular league held at Asan Yi Sun-shin Gymnasium on the 18th and won 69-44.
Woori Bank recruited Kim Dan-bi (180cm, F)메이저놀이터 to win this offseason. The effect was enormous. Woori Bank met Busan BNK from the opening game and won by 25 points. The second game of the season was also won by 18 points. After that, he won the third match and recorded 3 consecutive wins since the opening. Although they lost 74-85 to Samsung Life in Yongin, the fourth game of the season, Woori Bank’s solo run began after that.
They won all their remaining games in the first half and recorded a 13-game winning streak. Woori Bank recorded 16 wins and 1 loss in the first half.
However, it faltered slightly in the second half. After the All-Star break, Choi Yi-sam (182cm, F) and Park Hye-jin (179cm, G) missed due to injuries. After that, he returned, but his performance was not the same as in the first half. As a result, they suffered their first consecutive loss of the season. But recently, the atmosphere has been raised again and a streak has been recorded. In particular, they won the last BNK match and confirmed the regular season championship.
Woori Bank, who won the regular championship, emphasized ‘rotation’ in preparation for the playoffs. At the time, Woori Bank coach Sung-Woo Lee said, “From now on, we plan to rotate. It will be like that for the next three games.”
And in the match against Yongin Samsung Life right after winning the regular season, Noh Hyun-ji (176cm, F) played a big role. He helped the team win by driving 11 points in the second quarter alone. He recorded the most points scored on the team and the most goals scored in his season. Noh Hyun-ji lived up to director Wi’s expectations.
After that, Woori Bank met Hana 1Q. Coach Wi, who we met before the game, said, “(Kim) Jeong-eun and (Kim) Dan-bi, who need to improve their condition and save their stamina, will adjust. (Park) Hyejin should pick up the pace. You can’t be too pushy though. (Go) Ara is the same because of an injury. The rest will be operated while running,” he said, emphasizing the rotation.
If Noh Hyun-ji made a surprise performance in the previous game, Go A-ra (180cm, F) played a big role in this game. The main contributors to the victory were Kim Jong-un (179cm, F), who scored 12 points in the third quarter, and Park Hye-jin (179cm, G), who scored 15 points. And even Go Ara showed off her performance by scoring 13 points.
In particular, he played a big role in the first quarter and helped to subdue the steamer. I made a mistake in the first attack of the game. However, in a 2-2 situation, he added a 3-point shot. After that, Steel also succeeded. In a fast attack situation, he was the first to jump out. As a result, he also scored a quick break. Steel was added afterwards. He was responsible for 5 of the team’s first 7 points. He also recorded 2 steals and 2 rebounds.
I didn’t score a lot after that, but the two free throws I scored after that were all. However, he contributed to the team on defense. It was Go Ara who scored the most points on the team in the first quarter. Woori Bank was able to lead 19-16.
It was Go Ara who scored the first goal in the second quarter. After 50 seconds of the quarter, he received a pass from Danbi Kim and made a 3-point shot. Afterwards, he was replaced with Park Ji-hyeon (183cm, G) and entered again.
Go Ara came back 4 minutes and 15 seconds before the end of the second quarter. The score failed. The attempted breakthrough score unfortunately turned away from the rim. But he did his best in rebounding and did his part on defense. He showed proper assist defense and rotation defense. Woori Bank players, who showed strong defense with Go Ara, only allowed 9 runs in the 2nd quarter. In particular, after the introduction of Go Ara, Woori Bank only lost two runs.
Go Ara also appeared as a starting pitcher in the third quarter. I didn’t give up this time either. He did his best to fight the rebound and add vitality to the offense. He also grabbed offensive rebounds and continued to do his job on defensive rebounds as well. In the 35-28 situation, he also made a 3-pointer. Thanks to Go Ara’s performance, Woori Bank got on the mood. In addition, Kim Jong-un’s three-point shot came out one after another, and the score gap was clearly widened. It was Woori Bank who succeeded in the 3rd quarter with a 15-0 run.
Woori Bank, who caught the atmosphere in the 3rd quarter, continued that atmosphere until the 4th quarter and won the game.
On this day, Go Ara scored 13 points, and Noh Hyun-ji, who scored 14 points in the last game, was somewhat quiet. Upon mentioning this, Wie said, “I don’t expect (Roh) Hyun-ji to do that. (Laughter) Then I have more pressure. Movement isn’t bad though. There is height and year difference. The play is encouraging,” he said, evaluating Noh Hyun-ji.
And, “But (Go) Ara is now average. That is Ara’s skill.”
Woori Bank now has three regular season games left. He is concentrating on reviving the bench players he has learned above. In the last game, Noh Hyun-ji was the main character, and this time, Go A-ra was the main character. These performances of bench players are adding vitality to Woori Bank.