“I want to say something to (Kang) Seuli.” After expressing satisfaction with the complete victory after the game, coach Kim Wan-su soon mentioned Kang I-seul. It is true that his 3-point shooting success rate is below expectations, but he sincerely hopes that he will not lose his confidence.
Cheongju KB Stars won 88-67 in the Shinhan Bank SOL 2022-2023 women’s professional basketball regular league home game against Yongin Samsung Life Insurance held at Cheongju Gymnasium on the 28th. 5th place KB Stars continued their hopes of advancing to the playoffs by running on a 4-game winning streak and reducing the number of rides against 4th place Incheon Shinhan Bank to 2.5 games.
KB Stars showed overwhelming performance, with 5 players scoring double digits, Park Ji-soo (4 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists) and Heo Ye-eun (10 points, 4 rebounds, 12 assists) recording a double double. Kang Iseul also contributed with 11 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists.
However, if you look at the detailed records, there were parts that left you disappointed. Kang I-seul’s greatest strength, 3-pointers, broke the rim only two out of nine. She boldly made a 3-point shot in the 2nd quarter in a fast attack situation, but in the 3rd and 4th quarters, both 3-point shots (3) and 2-point shots (2) missed the rim.
In addition, Iseul Kang made 6 mistakes, including a carrying the ball in the 4th quarter. It was Kang Isul’s record for the second most individual mistakes. The first place was 7 recorded in an away game against Samsung Life Insurance on the 25th.
The performance in the second half was not very good, and KB Stars also maintained a comfortable lead, but Kang Isul played all 10 minutes of the 4th quarter and played a total of 19 minutes and 1 second in the second half. Coach Kim Wan-soo’s goal was clear management of the game.
“I saw him shaking because of poor performance. That’s why I used it more,” coach Kim Wan-soo said, “(Kang) Isul is a shooter who needs to stay on the court for a long time. As he is the best, unbeatable shooter in our country, he wants you to be confident. He added, “Don’t be discouraged if the shot doesn’t go in. He believes in himself and his teammates and makes them feel comfortable.” 안전놀이터
Iseul Kang is the WKBL’s representative shooter, as he holds the record for the youngest 600 3-pointers. He is just 29 away from even the youngest 700 3-pointer. He also recently ranked first in three-point shooting success for five consecutive seasons. His career 3-point shooting percentage also stands at 38.6%, but this season he’s stuck at 29.2% (38/130). Iseul Kang’s 3-point shot success rate was less than 30% only twice in his rookie season and in his second year.
Although his success rate has decreased significantly compared to previous years, the fact that Kang Iseul is a key player along with Park Ji-soo in KB Stars as a one-two punch has not changed. For KB Stars to make a dramatic advance into the playoffs, Park Ji-soo, who is gradually improving his performance, and Kang I-seul’s bold 3-point shot are also needed.
“Someday it will explode. It is not like Dew Seul-yi to not try to shoot because it is bad right now.” Director Kim Wan-soo and KB Stars still believe in Kang I-seul.