The next stage of the season started in China with teams divided into two groups based on performances in the first stage. This stage is also a double round robin among the six teams in each group.
The group of top teams started off with a set of great games. Shanghai needed a comeback in the second half to beat Shenyang 79-73 as Elizabeth Cambage led the way. Despite a big Penny Taylor performance, Shanxi could not take advantage of Yelena Leuchanka’s absence from Guangdong for international duty and lost 81-80. Beijing beat Xinjiang 80-74 to show the best team from the first stage that things will get tougher now. Shao Ting had the best performance of a local player in the win while Tina Charles had another solid outing in the loss.
Shanghai vs. Shenyang 79-73 SH Cambage 30/14r Shi 17 SY Jin 19/7 Li 15
Guangdong vs. Shanxi 81-80 GD Yu 18/7r Yang 17 SN Taylor 30/11r Wei 14/9r
Xinjiang vs. Beijing 74-80 XJ Charles 29/8r Zhang 13 BJ Shao 27 Fowles 14/13r
In the other group, Liaoning won 80-72 at Henan with help from their domestic players. Jessica Breland led Jiangsu past Heilongjiang 89-76. Sun Mengxin had the biggest scoring day of any player in either group as Bayi beat Shandong 88-74.
Henan vs. Liaoning 72-80 HA Chen 20 Parker 19/13r LN Wang 27/7r Hu 18/8r Braxton 9/9
Jiangsu vs. Heilongjiang 89-76 JS Breland 25/11r Jin 21 HL Ji 22 Liu 20/6r McIntyre 5/6r
Bayi vs. Shandong 88-74 81 Sun 32/10r Lu 22/10r SD Paris 14/11r Wang 14/6r