A superb start gave the Chinese a 15-4 lead over the 2010 World Championship runners-up, and although the Czechs closed the gap to 20-16 by the end of the first quarter, China kept them at bay.
It was not until the third quarter that they drew level, 55-55, on Michaela Zrustova’s three-pointer, but they looked to have little left in the tank as China finished on an 11-2 run to take the win.
Czech coach Lubor Blazek admitted: ‘In the beginning, we let the Chinese overplay us.
‘All game long we were trying to catch up. What we needed was just one time to lead by a couple of points for my team to calm down.’
Ma Zengyu led China with 16 points while Miao Lijie added 12 and had eight assists.