Sookmyung Women’s High School’s Lee Min-ji has her sights set on the future of women’s basketball: ‘Win a championship and MVP’

It was a better performance after the No. 1 ranking.

Sookmyung Women’s College defeated Sunil Women’s College 87-63 in the women’s high school final of the 49th National Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Glory Tournament at the Glory Sports Center in Glory-gun, Jeollanam-do on March 5. Sookmyung Women’s College, which did not compete in the Spring League in March, started its first tournament with a win.

At the center of it all was Sookmyung’s Lee Min-ji. Although teammate Song Yoon-ha took home the MVP award, Lee was a force on offense and defense in the final with a team-high 29 points (five three-pointers), eight rebounds, four assists, and four steals.

“I had winter training in Busan and Samcheonpo,” said Lee Min-ji. Before the tournament, I took a break due to an ankle injury, and a month before the tournament, I returned and participated in team training. It was a bit difficult during the tournament because my stamina was low,” she said, reflecting on her time as the 먹튀검증 association president.

Lee averaged 24.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 2.6 steals during the tournament, earning the tournament’s scoring award. The point guard stands at 5-foot-7 and led the team with her relaxed play under intense pressure on the court.

“I think playing in a relaxed manner is also an advantage,” said Lee, who is confident in her dribbling, shooting, and passing, “I’m quiet off the court, but on the court I talk a lot with my teammates and try to be confident.”

Lee Min-ji is a prospect who was previously invited to the 2023 NBA Basketball Without Borders (BWB) camp. He started playing basketball at an early age and has steadily grown in the spotlight. Most importantly, his own hard work, but there are also many people who recognized his abilities early on and helped him grow.

“I first started playing basketball in the fourth grade as an after-school activity with my brother. My after-school teacher at the time, Ms. Tak Kyung-hee, recommended me to play elite basketball at Seocho. I learned the basics well from Coach Woo Eun-kyung at Seocho and won my first championship in 6th grade. When I moved to middle school and started playing in first grade, I realized that I was good at basketball. I am grateful to my coaches and teachers for their guidance from a young age until now.”

There was also someone who nourished Lee Min-ji’s growth. He is the president of the Gimpo City Basketball Association.

“When I started playing basketball, Mr. Koo helped me a lot on the weekends, from ball control to shooting. He still gives me attention and advice, for which I am always grateful.”

After winning her first tournament, Lee’s goal is to win more this year. In addition, she plans to turn pro once she finishes her high school career. She is one of the players that many observers are watching closely and could be called up high in the rankings.

“I want to win the next tournament and the rest of the tournaments with an undefeated record like this one, and I want to win the team championship, and personally, I want to win the MVP of the tournament once,” said Lee Min-ji, adding, “I will show my steady growth in the remaining tournaments without any injuries.”

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