Lee Hae-ran struggled with fouls and couldn’t play much time.
Yongin Samsung Life Insurance met Bucheon Hanawon Q in the Shinhan Bank SOL 2022-2023 Women’s Professional Basketball regular league held at Bucheon Indoor Gymnasium on the 4th and won 63-51.
Samsung Life’s current situation is not good. At the beginning of the season, Bae Hye-yoon (183cm, C), Kiana Smith (177cm, G), and Kang Yu-rim (175cm, F) continued to fight for the top ranks. However, Kiana and main guard Lee Joo-yeon (171cm, G) suffered season-out injuries in the 4th round Asan Woori Bank match. Also, Bae Hye-yoon is not in normal condition due to a knee cartilage injury. As a result, they lost all of their first five games in the second half.
Samsung Life is in crisis. But that crisis is becoming an opportunity for someone. Lee Hae-ran (181cm, F), Shin Yi-seul (170cm, G), and Jo Soo-ah (170cm, G) are receiving more opportunities than in the past. And it is growing little by little.
Among them, Lee Hae-ran broke the team’s losing streak by recording 22 points and 13 rebounds in the last game against Woori Bank. Through an active breakthrough, he attacked the bottom of the opponent’s goal. As a result, both scoring and rebounding recorded career highs. He also contributed 7 offensive rebounds to the team. It was Lee Hae-ran who worked more actively when Bae Hye-yoon was absent.
At the time, Lee Hae-ran said, “I received a lot of attention before that, so there were many times when I couldn’t play my role. However, he thought that he had to work harder because there were no unnies today. He felt burdened, but he had a strong desire to show more of himself,” he said, expressing his candid feelings.
In these performances, the opposing team’s coaches showed checks and their team’s coaches trusted them before the game. First, director Kim Do-wan of Hana One Q said, “(Lee) Haeran’s skills have improved steadily. In that sense, I think we should block Haeran from scoring or rebounding.”
And Samsung Life coach Lim Geun-bae said, “(Lee) Haeran is a player who can do enough. He is still young, so he has ups and downs of emotions and a lot of atmosphere. However, if he overcomes this quickly, I think he is a player who can demonstrate his skills,” he said, revealing his trust.
Bae Hye-yoon did not play as a starting player in the Hana One Q match. As such, Lee Hae-ran’s performance was more important. However, on this day, Lee Hae-ran struggled a little.
In the first quarter, he came out as a starter and posted one steal and one blocked shot, but missed an easy shot from under the goal. He missed all 3 shots he attempted. Lee Hae-ran, who played for 5 minutes and 53 seconds, had only 1 rebound, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot.
In the second quarter, he was more aggressive in breaking through the goal. In the 18-12 situation, he changed his mood by scoring under the net. Steel also added one later. And by adding free throws, the score gap widened to double digits.
Afterwards, the opponent requested an operation time, but he blocked it, and Lee Hae-ran raised the team’s mood through the basket count. Starting with this score, Samsung Life Insurance added 4 more points in a row. The score was 31-14.
It was an impressive second quarter performance. But foul caught her. At the end of the second quarter, she was substituted with 1:33 remaining and she committed her fourth foul. 메이저놀이터 Lee Hae-ran’s record in the first half was 7 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 1 blocked shot, 28% shooting success rate, and 4 fouls, while she played 14 minutes and 20 seconds.
Lee Hae-ran then came in at 4 minutes and 25 seconds from the start of the third quarter. Lee Hae-ran’s match-up opponent was Yang In-young (184cm, C). However, Lee Hae-ran was pushed back by Yang In-young’s post-up and conceded consecutive runs. 2 minutes and 41 seconds before the end of the quarter, she was sent off after committing the 5th foul while chasing Shin Ji-hyeon (174cm, G). Although she was a highly anticipated Lee Hae-ran, she finished the game on this day with 7 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals and 1 blocked shot. She failed to live up to the expectations (?) of the commanders of both teams.
Unlike Lee Hae-ran, Jo Soo-ah recorded double-doubles in two consecutive games, and Shin I-seul also led the team to victory with 11 points and 8 rebounds. However, Lee Hae-ran was quiet unlike her last game. Foul trouble caught her up. However, this will also be a valuable experience for Lee Hae-ran.