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Kim Ji-young’s ‘9-assist’ role at Shinhan Bank

“My role at Shinhan Bank is to see my offense and then pass to my teammates or see their cut movements and pass to them.”

Incheon Shinhan Bank won 83-67 against Bendigo Spirit (Australia) at the Woori Bank Park Shinjah Cup 2023 at Cheongju Gymnasium on Saturday. In her first game in a Shinhan Bank uniform, Kim scored just four points and grabbed four rebounds in 26:07 of action, but she kept pace with her teammates by dishing out nine assists.

It was the first official debut for Kim Ji-young after her move to Shinhan Bank. While not as explosive as Kim Sonia (29 points 토토사이트 and six three-pointers) and Goo Seul (20 points and six three-pointers), her nine assists were a nice addition to Shinhan Bank’s team colors considering it was her first game since joining the team.

Kim went from a career average hovering around one assist to 4.4 in 2021-2022 and 3.9 in 2022-2023. It’s often said that she “opened her eyes to the pass.

Shinhan Bank coach Gunadan said, “I want (Kim’s) colors to shine. I think she is finding her strengths. I didn’t realize she had nine assists, and she made all her free throws. I hope she can do this every game,” he said, praising Kim.

“Even though we played in Japan, in our first game with most of the starters, I think we showed our unique style of basketball, a fast-paced game where the guards shake up the front line and create opportunities from the outside,” Kim said.

“My role at Shinhan Bank is to look at my offense and pass to my teammates or look at my teammates’ cut movements and pass. It’s a pity that I couldn’t show my offense today,” said Kim.

Shinhan Bank attempted 35 three-pointers on the day, making 15 of them. Kim Ji-young, whose shooting was one of her weaknesses, talked about the pressure of joining a team with a lot of three-point attempts, saying, “The rest of the team shoots well except for me. I think it’s important for me to do my part and make sure that when I get the opportunity to shoot, I do it well.”

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