Defeating China after 20 years was a great moment for Chinese Taipei and Hsiao Yu Wen played a key role in the win.
“This is the first time I was playing against players (China) who were taller than me. I didn’t start well, but did some adjustments and did well,” she said.”
Hsiao has been the heartbeat of the Chinese Taipei team in the FIBA Asian women’s u-18 basketball championship here, though the 17-year-old will be the first to deny it.
In all the three matches of Taipei in Group-B, Hsiao (6'0"), playing in the position of Centre, has been the go-to hoopster whenever the situation demanded.
Against Japan - which Taipei lost, Hsiao - who was making her debut for the National team, emerged the top-scorer with 39 points with 15 rebounds. In its second match against the 16-time champion China, Hsiao (15) was the second-highest scorer.
But more than that, it was her timely two-pointers in the third quarter that set the momentum for Taipei to script an upset win over 16-time champion China.
Moreover, she is the top-scorer in the championship so far, with a whopping 70 points from three games averaging 23.3 per game.
“I want to thank my coaches and players who assisted me in my performance,” Hsiao, who holds the record of scoring the number of points (39) against Japan in the FIBA Asian women's u-18 championship history, told Sportstar, through a translator.
“I have only two things in mind: do good defence and rebounds,” she said.
“She is our little girl on whom we have put in lot of effort and time so that she becomes a great player,” said Taipei's head coach Mei-i Chen.