"All the time I kept myself in the back to attack when I needed to," said Kitata. "When I went, I tried to push the pace more than before. I went into the last lap to beat the others."
In her WCBA debut, Fang displayed impressive speed and sharpness on the offensive end, but due to a lack of experience, she was called two offensive fouls in a row when the two sides were involved in jigsaw-like contention in the third quarter.
Shaanxi can still find positives despite the loss, as Yu Jiarui, in her second year, shot 11 of 22 from the field to post a career-high 35 points.
Palmeiras has not lost since a 1-0 defeat to Corinthians in the Sao Paulo state championship on July 22.
Ben Chilwell's Chelsea debut could hardly have gone better as he scored the first goal of the game on 50 minutes before giving an assist for Kurt Zouma to score Chelsea's second of their 4-0 win at home to Crystal Palace 16 minutes later.
Last year "champion" Banska Bystrica (crowned after the abrupt end of the 2019/2020 season in March caused by the COVID-19 strike and subsequently stripped of the title as the governing body decided not to crown a champion of the shortened season) and the runner-up Slovan Bratislava are still trying to find their lost forms, losing their respective second-round fixtures.
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The race, attracting around 1,500 runners from China, Japan, Mexico and other countries and regions, features 65km, 25km and 5km races.
Dongguan got within seven points with 2:19 left in the third quarter, but Shan scored eight straight points thereafter to push Zhejiang's lead to 15 points heading into the last quarter. Dongguan came no closer than 13 points throughout the rest of the game.
"We heated up quickly into the game, but failed to do enough on defence and rebounds," said Han.
Judging through her stats, it seemed that Fang has undergone a seamless connection from university to the professional league. Still, the hopeful had something to say about the vast difference between the two leagues.