Trailing by seven points early in the last quarter, Henan improved its performance on both ends to complete a comeback.
"It was a tough match. We didn't play at our level in the first quarter, but changed our tactics into zone defense from the second quarter," Shanxi coach Li Ge commented.
"We will add new blood," he said. "The door of the national team is always open to those who are in good form and willing to fight, no matter they are teenagers or experienced players."
Beijing outscored Shandong 32-15 in the second quarter. Five Beijing players scored in double figures, led by Tang Yu's 20 points. Wang Chengcheng helped with 14 points.
With the same three wins and one loss, both Beijing and Shanghai surpassed Inner Mongolia, which has won all its three games so far, ranking fourth and fifth respectively in the tables after the league's fourth round was over.
Shanxi trailed as many as 15 points in the first half and strived to cut the deficit to 42-40 before the interval. Led by Chinese internationals Liu Jiacen and Wutongtong, Shanxi came back with a 44-33 second half.
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Playing at a high level for a decade, Ji said she has no secret other than self-discipline and hard work.
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