December 15, 2016
The next stage of the competition started on Thursday with three groups as each team will play a quadruple round robin of twelve games. The teams in the top group will qualify for the playoffs and are just playing for seeding. The top three teams in the middle group will join them in the quarterfinals. The last placed team in the group will face off with the first place team in the bottom group for the last playoff place. The three bottom teams will have their seasons end after this stage.
Shanghai picked up where they left off in the last stage with Zhang Zhiting leading them past Cheyenne Parker and Henan 90-74.
Shanghai vs. Henan 90-74 SH Zhang 24 Stewart 17/7r Huang 16 Li 14 HA Parker 22/11r Huang 11
Guandong vs. Beijing 54-69 GD Li 12/6r Leuchanka 11 Shen 10 BJ Fowles 18/9r Yang 15 Zhang 10
Shenyang dominated the second half, especially once Glory Johnson reached the minutes restriction, to beat Xinjiang 89-78 behind the hot shooting of Jin Jiabao and Li Meng. Bayi had the game right where they wanted after three quarters, but Wei Wei and Shanxi’s domestic contingent did enough to edge the fourth quarter and win 74-71.
Shenyang vs. Xinjiang 89-78 SY Jin 34/6r Li 22/6a Zhao 14/7r XJ Johnson 32/15r Ma 13 Wang 10/6r Hua 10
Bayi vs. Shanxi 71-74 81 Zhang 14/10r Sun MX 14 Wang 14 Zhao 12/6r Sun MR 11/8r SN Wei 22/7r Wu 19/7r/9a Loyd 13 Huang 10/9r
Shandong looks likely to struggle in this round too as Tina Charles led Sichuan to another win over them 80-64. Kelsey Bone and Liaoning looked forward to the next stage and withstood the shooting of Ji Yanyan to beat Heilongjiang 84-78.
Sichuan vs. Shandong 80-64 SC Charles 44/19r Gong 12 SD Ji 15 Cao 15
Liaoning vs. Heilongjiang 84-78 LN Bone 26/13r/7a Xing 19 Wang 17/8a Liang 13 HL Ji 27 Langhorne 19/12r Zhang 14