Sunday, June 03, 2007

Taiwan women's NT to meet Malaysia in Asian Championship opener

Taiwan women's NT is scheduled to meet Malaysia Sunday night at Samsan World Gymnasium in the opening game of the Asian Women's Championship, which is being held in Inchon, South Korea. The game will be the first meeting for both sides in 17 years.

Taiwan, which has won all six meetings between both sides, met Malaysia for the last time in 1990, when it routed Malaysia 132-48.

In addition to China, the host country for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, the highest ranking team in the Asian Championship will win the only seed in the 12-country women's basketball in Beijing. China sent its second national team to Inchon.

Taiwan will meet South Korea (June 4), Japan (June 5), China (June 6) and Thailand (June 7) in the single round robin first division preliminaries. The game vs. host South Korea will be the most important game for Taiwan, said Taiwan NT head coach Hong Ling-yao.

South Korea has won 11 of the 21 Asian Women's Championship to date. China is second with five titles but has won the last three. Japan won its only title in 1970. Taiwan has won one silver in 1972 and eight bronzes, including 2005.