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The Chinese team continues to get ready for the Women's World Basketball championships, and are taking on Cuba in a two game warm-up series. Game one, a tight affair on Friday night.
A shake-up in the starting line-up for China as they took on Cuba as star player Chen Nan wasn't in the starting five.
In her absence, Song Liwei stepped up for China. Utilizing the pick and roll, Song would score consecutive baskets to pace the Chinese team early.
Song finished with a team-high 18 points including 10 in the first quarter.
Chen Nan, did come onto the court in the second quarter, and soon made a difference. An early first half Chinese lead would evaporate heading into halftime however, as Cuba took advantage of their speed and strength to level the score at 34 at the break.
The second half would be close as well, and with only 50 seconds left...China was clinging to a one point advantage. But thanks to veteran Miao Lijie, China held on to win their first warm-up game against Cuba 73-70.
The second warm-up game between the two will take place on Sunday.