Before the 2022-2023 season, Yongin Samsung Life Insurance repeated cold and hot baths. Even before the start of the new season, Ace Yoon Ye-bin (26) left due to an injury and lost her strength. But there was also hope. Korean player Kiana Smith (24), who used to play in the US Women’s Professional Basketball League (WKBL), is challenging Korean women’s basketball. Samsung Life Insurance, which had the right to pick the first pick in the draft, welcomed the season with hope by embracing Smith.
The atmosphere was good until the first half. Samsung Life maintained its second place with 11 wins and 6 losses until December of last year. But the anxiety began to creep in again. Lee Joo-yeon (25) and Smith were injured side by side, and Bae Hye-yoon (34) was also injured and had to leave. Samsung Life lost all 4 games after the All-Star break and fell into a 5-game losing streak.
However, Samsung Life Insurance started to gain strength again. Bae Hye-yoon returned and held the center, and even the young players were able to achieve a new structure perfectly. Samsung Life Insurance, who only won 11 wins last season, secured a basketball ticket this season with a 4-game winning streak. 안전놀이터
Samsung Life Insurance won 86-73 in the regular league home game against Incheon Shinhan Bank held at Yongin Gymnasium on the 12th. Samsung Life Insurance rose to second place with 15 wins and 10 losses, and was able to advance to the postseason regardless of the results of the remaining five games. In this game, Bae Hye-yoon played an active part with 26 points and 9 rebounds. Lee Myung-gwan (27) added 14 points and 9 rebounds, including 3 3-pointers. Jo Soo-ah (20) also contributed to the victory by accumulating 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. A Samsung Life official said, “Smith, Yoon Ye-bin, and Lee Joo-yeon will return before the start of the next season or right after the opening.”
On the other hand, Shinhan Bank, which was running fast for four consecutive wins, fell to third place with a loss that day. Shinhan Bank is ahead of fourth-place Busan BNK by 0.5 games.