Korea women's national basketball team

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 Korea
FIBA rankingN/A
Joined FIBAN/A
FIBA zoneN/A
National federationKorea Basketball Association / Amateur Basketball Association of DPR of Korea
CoachLee Moon-kyu
Olympic Games
AppearancesNone
Women's World Cup
AppearancesNone
Asian Games
Appearances1
MedalsSilver medal asia.svg Silver: (2018)
First international
 Korea 108–40 Indonesia 
(Jakarta, Indonesia; 15 August 2018)
Biggest win
 Korea 108–40 Indonesia 
(Jakarta, Indonesia; 15 August 2018)
Biggest defeat
 China 71–65 Korea 
(Jakarta, Indonesia; 1 September 2018)

The Korea women's national basketball team is a combined representative team composed of players from both South Korea and North Korea. The team competed in the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.

History[edit]

The team competed in the 2018 Asian Games.[1] South Korea and North Korea will compete as one in select events in the Asian Games. The composition of the 12-player team roster will be largely South Korean with 3 players being North Korean.[2] The team will be led by South Korea's head coach Lee Moon-kyu.[3]

South Korea and North Korea held exhibition games in men's and women's basketball at the Ryugyong Jong Ju Yong Gymnasium in the latter's capital of Pyongyang in July 2018.[4] Two of the games featured mixed-teams with players from both countries; Team Prosperity and Team Peace while the other two games featured the national teams of both countries.[5] Head coach Lee Moon-kyu used the exhibition matches by the women's teams to scout for possible North Korean players who may be included in the unified Korea team.[6]

In the group stage of the women's basketball competition, the unified Korea was drawn in Group X with Kazakhstan, Indonesia and India.[6]

Team image[edit]

The unified Korean team had a local Korean manufacturer as their kit supplier instead of the Nike, the kit-supplier of the South Korea women's national team to avoid violating sanctions imposed on North Korea banning the importation of luxury goods including sports equipment.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "North and South Korea to field unified women's basketball team at Asian Games 2018". FIBA. 11 July 2018. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Players from South, North reunited for Games". Korea Joongang Daily. Yonhap. 3 August 2018. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  3. ^ "WNBA center named to unified Korean Asiad basketball team". Yonhap. 1 August 2018. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  4. ^ "North and South Korea hold friendly basketball games in Pyeongyang". AS.com. 4 July 2018. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  5. ^ Diaz, Jose Pablo (1 August 2018). "North Korean cross border for joint Asian Games training". AS.com. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Unified Korean women's hoops team grouped with 4 opponents in Asian Games". Yonhap. 5 July 2018. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Asian Games 2018: Joint Korea teams to look for local sports equipment manufacturers due to UN sanctions on Pyongyang". First Post. Agence France-Presse. 7 August 2018. Retrieved 9 August 2018.