November 17, 2016
The next stage of the season in China began on Thursday with the teams divided up into two groups based on performance in the first stage.
Shanghai has perfected its technique against military teams, getting big contributions from Breanna Stewart in the minutes that she is allowed to play as they beat Shenyang 81-71. Henan answered any questions that were raised about whether they would be as impressive with a step up in competition as Chiney Ogwumike led them again. They were able to take advantage of all of the travel that Beijing needed to do before the game to edge Sylvia Fowles and company 78-75. Jewell Loyd helped Shanxi find just enough to edge Guangdong who also had significant travel before the game 69-68.
Shanghai vs. Shenyang 81-71 SH Stewart 32/11r Shen 16/6r Xun 12/8r SY Jin 17 Zhao 15/7r Li 12/7r/7a Wu 10/6r
Henan vs. Beijing 78-75 HA Ogwumike 34/10r Sun 13 Zhang 13 BJ Fowles 24/12r Shao 14 Gao 14 Shi 13
Shanxi vs. Guangdong 69-68 SN Loyd 22 Wu 16 Wang 10 GD Leuchanka 29/21r Shen 12 Huang 11
Teams in this group will be looking to wipe the slate clean from the last stage and climb back into the playoff picture. Sichuan started well with a 73-62 win over Heilongjiang as Stefanie Dolson had the edge on Crystal Langhorne. Xinjiang put some of the disappointment behind them by beating Liaoning 73-65 behind Camille Little. Kelsey Bone and the hosts could not bounce back quickly from a tough playoff loss. Shandong continues to field an all domestic roster, making it easy for Bayi to win 95-65 with Zhang Liting leading the way.
Sichuan vs. Heilongjiang 73-62 SC Dolson 32/13r Wang 15 Gong 12/8a HL Langhorne 28/9r Ji 14
Liaoning vs. Xinjiang 65-73 LN Bone 25/9r Liang 12/10r XJ Little 27/12r Wang 12 Peng 10
Bayi vs. Shandong 95-65 81 Zhang 23 Sun MR 16/10r Sun MX 15/7r Wang 15 Pan 12 SD An 17 Yang 14/9r Wang 14/8r/9a