Playing with no pressure unlike in 2008 when they played in front of their countrymen in Beijing, the Chinese women’s squad took control early and withstand surges from Czech Republic, who are the favorites heading into the match.
China jumped on the gun early and quickly built a 15-4 lead before Czech Republic trimmed the lead down to four, 20-16, after the opening period.
Czech Republic, the silver medalist in the 2010 World Basketball Championship, managed to tie the game in the second period, but China took control again and took care of their lead for the rest of the way to open the tournament with a bang.
Ma Zengyu had 16 points and four rebounds to go with four assists, while Miao Lijie added 12 points, eight assists, and five boards for China, who impressed head coach Zu Fengwu.
“I think it’s helped a lot for our style of play in games,” Zu said. “It helped us to show our skills and technical and strategy stuff.”
Eva Viteckova, on the other hand, led Czech Republic with 14 points and six rebounds, while Katerina Elhotova chipped in 13 points and four rebounds.