“I didn’t know if I was going to get MVP,” says Yang, who averaged 31 points.

September 14, 2023 | by

“I didn’t know I was going to get it (laughs). Everyone did so well. Honestly, I didn’t know if I was going to get it because I thought someone else was going to get it.”

Gwangju University made history in the KU Basketball League, which began in 2010. It was the first time the fourth-place team in the regular season was crowned champion. This has never happened in the men’s professional basketball league, and in the women’s professional basketball league, Yongin Samsung Sinsung was the only team to be crowned champion despite finishing fourth in the regular season in 2020-2021.

One of the key players was sophomore forward Yang Yoo-jung. After averaging 15.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 3.1 steals in the college basketball league, Yang had an even better performance at the MBC Varsity National Championship in July, averaging 18.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 5.5 steals.

Yang had 36 points, three rebounds, and five steals in the quarterfinal playoffs against Suwon University, which went into overtime, followed by 26 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and three steals in the championship game against Busan University. In two playoff games, he averaged 31 points, five rebounds, two assists, and four steals.

Yang Yoo-jung was named the MVP of the championship game for her outstanding performance.

“Actually, I know she’s a better player when I play her,” said Kook Sun-kyung, head coach of Gwangju University, after the victory over Pusan National University on the 13th. “You might think that Yang Yoo-jung is a trump card for opponents because her three-point shot is weak. But she’s a good penetrator, she’s quick and long with her footwork. If she practices her outside shot more, I think she will become a scary player both inside and outside,” he said.

“It’s great that we won with one heart and one mind, even in a tough situation, and I’m happy that we won,” said Yang Yoo-jung.

When asked about her scoring prowess in both the quarterfinals and the championship match, Yang said, “I wasn’t particularly greedy to attack. The coach told me to be confident, so I was confident in everything I did, and it all worked, so I scored a lot of goals,” she humbly replied.

When asked about being named MVP, Yang Yoo-jung said, “I didn’t know if I would get it (laughs). Everyone played so well. Park Sae-byul did a great job, Kim Won-ji, Yoo Yi-bi, and Chung Chae-ryeon also did a great job. Honestly, I didn’t know if I was going to get it because I thought someone else was going to get it.” “I think I got the most awards this year. I won the scoring and defense awards in the MBC ship (laughs).”

The contribution of Zou, who had 14 points, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals in the championship game against Pusan National University, was also one of the driving forces behind Gwangju’s victory. Jo came to Korea from Japan.

Yang Yoo-jung praised his skills, saying, “When we’re not scoring, he has a good one-on-one ability to get free throws or score, so our offense works well because he scores when things don’t go our way.” “He’s short, but he’s fast, and he plays good defense, so he helps us on both ends of the floor,” Yang said.

Gwangju University has been particularly strong against Busan University since last year. Four of Busan University’s six losses in the KU Basketball League were to Gwangju.

Yang Yoo-jung said, “Busan University is also very good at shooting and fast. I didn’t expect to win easily, but I thought we could win if we worked hard,” she said, adding, “Our defense was good and our offense was somewhat coordinated.”

Gwangju led by as much as 14 points with a 23-9 run early in the second quarter, but trailed 51-47 at one point in the fourth quarter. At that point, Yang Yoo-jung and Jo Woo scored back-to-back baskets to extend the lead and get closer to the win.

“When it got close, we didn’t think about what to do, we just kept doing what we were doing, and our defense came out and naturally increased our lead,” Yang recalled.

Yang converted only two of her seven fast breaks on the day, missing five. If she could have converted her missed shots, the game would have been much easier. 토토사이트

“I usually score a lot of fastbreak points, but I was angry with myself for not scoring fastbreak points. At that time, my sisters and teammates held me up, and I was able to play until the end without collapsing.”

“I want to be an indispensable player for the team,” said Yang, who finished the college basketball league on a high note.


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