CHN - Moore fires team to title
BEIJING (WCBA/FIBA World Championship for Women) - The battle for supremacy in Chinese women's basketball is over.
For the first time, a newly-promoted team has captured the title with Shanxi knocking off Zhejiang in the WCBA Finals, 3-1.
Shanxi, one of the dominant teams all season with United States international superstar Maya Moore pouring in the points and Spain national team boss Lucas Mondelo pulling the strings, secured the title with Tuesday's 97-87 victory over a Zhejiang outfit led by Australia center Liz Cambage.
Moore was terrific in her team's title-clinching triumph, scoring 36 points, corralling 16 rebounds and coming up with seven steals.
Moore captured NCAA Women's titles at the University of Connecticut, gold medals with the USA at the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women and last summer's Olympics, a 2011 WNBA championship with Minnesota and a EuroLeague Women and Liga Femenina double with Ros Casares in 2012.
Now she is celebrating another big win in the Far East.
"It's really a blessing to be able to win championship in the other side of the world," she said.
"Everybody wants to win, so to see the smile on everybody's face, all the hard work put into the whole season has paid off and I'm excited to be a part of it."
Cambage ended up with 29 points for Zhejiang in Game 4, but it wasn't enough to prevent the club from a runners-up finish for the second year in a row.