“I felt like it was because I couldn’t do it.”
The Cheongju KBank Stars caught the Bucheon Hana OneQ, who were on a roll. Heo Ye-eun, 22, was in command. It’s no exaggeration to say she’s “completely different” this season, and after the game, she burst into tears.
KB won 72-55 against Hana OneQ in the third round of the Woori Bank Woori WON 2023-2024 Women’s Professional Basketball League regular season at Cheongju Indoor Gymnasium on Wednesday.
The team has won eight straight games. Hana WonQ was in high spirits after winning three straight games for the first time in two years and 10 months, but they were unable to overcome KB. KB improved to 10-1 with the win and moved into a tie for first place with Woori Bank.
The duo of Park Ji-soo and Kang Isul basically flew. Park dominated the paint with 21 points and 16 rebounds. She also hit two three-pointers. Kang-isul poured in 26 points, including five three-pointers. Hana OneQ was simply outmatched.
And then there’s Heo Ye-eun. She produced 8 points, 3 rebounds, and 10 assists on the night. That means at least 20 points came from her fingertips. While she didn’t score a lot, her two-man game with Park Ji-soo was outstanding, and her passes were exquisite at the right time.
After the game, Heo said, “We have three games in six days starting today. I think we finished the first game well. I was a little worried because Hana OneQ had won three games in a row and were in good form. We played our roles well from the beginning. I feel good.”
“We were missing a lot of players like (Kim) Min-jung and (Kim) Ye-jin. The younger players had to go out and play. I tried to talk as much as possible. We had to share with the players who weren’t playing. We talked a lot before the game, and even after halftime, my sisters were the first ones to draw on the board and explain things, so we talked a lot,” she said, explaining the atmosphere.
She has started all 11 games this season, averaging 10.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.4 steals in 28.51 minutes. His double-digit scoring is a first for him, and his assists are on a career-high pace.
When asked what was different from last season, tears welled up in He’s eyes. “Last year, we lost a lot and I was upset. I tried to find the reason in myself. I thought I was the problem. I was very upset.” He shed hot tears.
Last season, KB went 10-20 and finished fifth with a 0.333 winning percentage. They failed to advance to spring basketball. Park Ji-soo’s inability to play properly was the final blow. Kang Yiul was also disappointing as the outside shooters faltered.
Heo Ye-eun can’t be blamed. Heo played in all 30 games last season, averaging 32:20 minutes per game, with 9.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 1.3 steals.
It was by far his best numbers since his rookie year. If it weren’t for He, the team might have lost more games instead of 20, but He puts the blame on herself and “cringes” as she says.
“We tried very hard not to repeat ourselves,” says He. So far, it’s coming out well. I can’t be satisfied. I want to do better. I think the team struggled because I wasn’t good enough. I don’t think we were well prepared. The amount of practice we had wasn’t enough. I don’t want to make excuses, but last season was like that,” he said.
랭크카지노 The team has improved. Especially our chemistry with Park Ji-soo. When we play two-man games, it’s often Park who ends up finishing. This season, it’s Heo Ye-eun who’s seen a lot more of the ball going up.
“I think (Park) Ji-soo is such a great player. Other teams have seen the plays we’ve been doing well. They left me and went to her. I knew I had to attack,” Heo said.
“I also practiced a lot of routes where the pass itself goes through me, even if it’s Ji-soo finishing at the end. The coach also emphasized it. I studied a lot. It’s still not enough. I need to study more. I also want to shoot more confidently,” she emphasized.