Dongguan scored 10 points in a row early in the first quarter, before Zhejiang responded with the same scoring run through consecutive layups and foul shots, leading 20-17 at the end of the quarter.
Without Li Yueru protecting the rim, Hebei trimmed the deficit to six points midway through the second quarter, but it was the closest they would come. Li responded by scoring eight points from the bench. Inner Mongolia held their nerve to build a 46-31 halftime lead.
Four-time winner Kipchoge from Kenya was expected to clinch the victory comfortably as his archrival Kenenisa Bekele announced his withdrawal from the event due to a calf injury on Friday.
Wuhan had the upper hand for most of a back-and-forth second half, heading into the final frame with a three-point margin, but had to watch as their lead slipped away.
The 19-year-old Pole needed just 68 minutes to avenge her exit to the 2018 champion last year in Paris at the same stage.
"I need to improve my physical condition and experience," she told Xinhua, after finishing with 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists against Shanxi.
BOGOTA, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- Uncapped striker John Cordoba has been drafted into Colombia's squad for World Cup qualifiers against Venezuela and Chile, the Colombian Football Federation (FCF) said on Sunday.
"If you win 4-0, you have to be happy. We will analyse today's game in a couple of days but for now we are delighted. Today it was important to be effective when it mattered most," Union head coach Urs Fischer said.
"Xinjiang has more star players than us. We just have to relax and prepare for a fight. Nothing else," Ding added.
"Nothing else," he noted. "In every practice, I asked them to fight, play strong defence and play smart in offense. This gave us the result in the second quarter."
The 2020-21 WCBA regular season is played across two stages, with Chengdu, Sichuan and Hohhot, Inner Mongolia selected as respective hosts for each stage. The season is scheduled to conclude no later than January 5, 2021. Enditem