"I gained some weight after quitting swimming. Then I turned to basketball just for fun, but I found my passion for it," she recalled.
"We played badly today, especially in the first quarter. We had many mistakes on the court, which was indescribable," rued Henan coach Li Jianxin. Enditem
"We did a good job to stop their points from the paint, and this brought us an advantage in this match," said Shanghai coach Milos Paden, who revealed that injured guard Peng Szu-Chin will miss the first stage matches of the regular season. Enditem
In the Meizhou division, Guizhou Hengfeng had no chance to move to the promotion area due to the 1-1 draw with Shenyang Urban. Meizhou Hakka finished eight rounds with five wins and three draws, giving themselves a promotion chance two rounds ahead of the end of first stage. In other action, Shaanxi Chang'an Athletic beat Zhejiang Energy Greentown for more suspension of another promotion ticket. Enditem
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh and Anthony McGill both received a bye to the second round. Enditem
Cao's contribution in scoring went on, while Luan Luan also stepped up to widen the gap to 12 points midway through the second quarter.
In the day's other game, Shaanxi used a dominant 29-4 first quarter to overwhelm Daqing.
"Maybe this is my last season as a player," she emphasized. "I need to give other players the chance, and hope to become a coach as soon as possible, which is good for me in the future."
Zhejiang jumped into a 14-5 lead, before Henan regrouped and tied the first quarter at 23-23 through top draft Fang Min's stunning buzzer-beater.
The former leader of Changzhou Division, Kunshan FC, lost to Heilongjiang Lava Spring on Wednesday, which gave Yatai and Nantong a chance to lead.
Now fans can't wait to see another emerging star to enter the stage in an Alfa Romeo in Friday's free training session.