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KB Stars continue to chase history with another win

Park Ji-su of the KB Stars [NEWS1]

Park Ji-su of the KB Stars [NEWS1]

Park Ji-su, left, plays the ball against Busan BNK Sum on Dec. 6 ,2021 at Sajik Arena in Busan. [YONHAP]

Park Ji-su, left, plays the ball against Busan BNK Sum on Dec. 6 ,2021 at Sajik Arena in Busan. [YONHAP]

 
The Cheongju KB Stars are still looking like the team to beat in the WKBL this season, as they extended their winning streak to nine matches with a win against Bucheon Hana 1Q 90-69 on Sunday.  
 
With more than half of the regular season now played, the KB Stars are dominating. The Cheongju team have played 19 matches, only dropping one against Asan Woori Bank Wibee 74-72 on Nov. 26 last year.
 
The WKBL season started on Oct. 24 last year and will end on April 16. The league's six clubs — Yongin Samsung Life Blueminx, Incheon Shinhan Bank S-Birds, Asan Woori Bank Wibee, Bucheon Hana 1Q Woman's Basketball Team, Busan BNK Sum and Cheongju KB Stars— each play 30 games, facing each other six times in the regular season.
 
The top four clubs will then advance to the postseason from March 31. The winner of the regular season will face the fourth-place club and the runner-up will face the third-place club in a best-of-three format. The last two clubs standing will play the finals, which will played in a best-of-five format.
 
The KB Stars opened the season by winning their first nine matches straight, the most in the club's history. Even after Woori Bank cut that streak short, the Stars are back on track to extend the club’s longest winning streak and possibly even win the trophy with the highest winning rate in the league’s history.
 
But that won’t be an easy task as the Stars will have to win all remaining 11 matches to achieve the highest winning rate in WKBL history.  
 
Woori Bank are currently the team to beat when it comes to record winning rate, recording a .943 rate in the 2016-17 season with 33 wins and two losses. At the time, each WKBL club played 40 games. The runners-up are Shinhan Bank with a winning rate of .925.
 
The highest winning rate the KB Stars have ever reached is .800 in the 2018-19 season, when they won 28 matches and lost seven to take the title. If the Stars win six more matches, they will be able to break their own team record.

BY YUN SO-HYANG [yun.sohyang@joongang.co.kr]
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