On the Shandong side, Cao bagged a game-high 26 points, and Yang Hengyu and Wang Yingzhu each scored 15.
Winless after the first two rounds, both sides are desperate to halt their stalemate coming into the 2020-21 season.
Ji recalled that as a national team member, she had a busy schedule between international duty and the league for four or five years. She felt it necessary to make some adjustments in these years.
Peng led Wuhan with 17 points, and Ha Wenxi and Deng bagged 13 and 11 points respectively.
Sichuan led 42-22 in paint points, and scored 15 points in fast breaks.
Wang Haimei pocketed 27 points for Zhejiang as a substitute and guard Wang Jiaqi laid on 15 assists.
The 30-year-old former professional footballer is now a teacher at Xi'an Sports Collage, a freestyle footballer, and an internet celebrity who has around 230,000 followers on Douyin, a Chinese video sharing platform under Tiktok's parent company ByteDance.
"I am of course disappointed as we grabbed the lead three times yet we shared the spoils. We talked about this issue in the past and we will have to talk about it again," said Germany coach Joachim Low.
Slovan Bratislava, one of the top title-contenders, was also close to losing its third in succession but managed to edge out Miskolc in OT to earn the first points of the season.
Behind the top three, Racing Point's Sergio Perez finished a solid fourth, followed by the McLaren of Carlos Sainz, Pierre Gasly's AlphaTauri and Charles Leclerc in his Ferrari.
"We are in a difficult situation and through a low ebb. We trained 20 days before the season kicked off, and many young players didn't partner with me. They said they were afraid of this."