May 12, 2012
SHANGHAI, China — The Lady Quakers have enjoyed a variety of new tastes since arriving in China last weekend, but they got their first taste of defeat in three outings with an 89-40 loss to Shanghai City Basketball Team.
Shanghai is a member of the Women’s China Basketball Association and finished fourth in the league’s national championship last season.
Shanghai was playing its first game ever in their new 7,000-seat arena that was modeled after Houston Toyota Center, home of the NBA’s Houston Rockets.
Former Rockets’ star and Chinese national hero Yao Ming played for the men’s version of this team before coming to the United States.
Bethany Ahrens led the Lady Quakers with nine points and LeAnn Topp scored seven.
“This game was a great experience for our team, playing the first game ever in a brand new beautiful arena against a fully professional team with outstanding players,” Wilmington head coach Jerry Scheve said. “Shanghai played pressure defense for 94 feet, and we had trouble handling it. But we got better as the game went on.
“Our kids were really playing on fumes with all that we have been doing, and Shanghai made us pay for every mistake. They had a 6-6 post player and several other 6-foot-plus kids, and we were mainly trying to shut them down inside, and then they turned around and hit 10 3-pointers from the NBA line. Hopefully we can regroup for tomorrow’s game."
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Lady Quakers' Tour of China
Playing basketball at Wilmington College is an international experience. Every three to four years, the Lady Quakers make an international journey that involves both culture and basketball. From May 5-15, 2012, the Lady Quakers will be touring China. In addition to playing four games, the Lady Quakers will visit Shanghai and Beijing and get a close-up look at world-famous landmarks like the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Come along with the Lady Quakers on their journey, thanks to updates from team members.
P R E V I O U S P O S T S
- And the Trip Continues
- LQB Ends China Tour With 60-42 Win
- Lady Quakers Use Bargaining Skills
- Lady Quakers Get First Taste of Defeat in China
- LQB Arrives in Shanghai
- LQB Checks Out Old China, New City and Underground Shopping
- Lady Quakers Raise China Record to 2-0
- Lessons Learned in Beijing
- Lady Quaker Basketball Goes International
- Lady Quakers Win Beijing Opener
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