US set report with 145-69 thumping of South Korea

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SYDNEY:

A rampant United States set a brand new all-time girls’s basketball World Cup scoring report Monday with a 145-69 demolition of South Korea, whereas Belgium booked their place within the quarter-finals.

Eight of the Americans’ 12-strong roster hit doubles figures, led by Brionna Jones with 24 factors, eight rebounds and one help in Sydney.

A’ja Wilson drilled 20 factors and Breanna Stewart 18 because the three-time defending champions ran riot, with Shakira Austin netting a discipline aim with simply seconds left to make sure the report.

It was beforehand held by Brazil, who crushed Malaysia 143-50 in a bunch recreation on the 1990 event.

“I thought we got off to a bit of a slower start than we wanted, but we had a group that came in that really changed things for us,” mentioned USA coach Cheryl Reeve, whose staff are gunning for an 11th title total.

“We got more pressure and I think our size, the number of points we got in the paint was 90 or something. So our size was a problem for them and I thought we shared the ball well.”

The United States, who had already certified for the quarter-finals, have been on one other stage each offensively and defensively, passing 30 or extra factors in all 4 frames in opposition to a Korean staff that has struggled with out marquee star Park Ji-su.

Defeat left the Asian aspect going through a crunch Group A recreation on Tuesday in opposition to Puerto Rico with a quarter-final slot at stake.

“I try to focus on how we played rather than the result of the game. I wanted our players to show their best ability and confidence on the court,” mentioned Korean coach Jung Sun-min. “Individually I think we played very hard and very well today.”

Point guard Hind Ben Abdelkader poured in 18 factors for Belgium as they ended Bosnia and Herzegovina’s event goals.

Aiming to higher their fourth place in 2018, they swept home 85-55 to hitch the United States within the final eight from Group A.

Kyara Linskens and Julie Vanloo each chipped in with 13 factors for his or her third straight win of the 10-day competitors after a gap day loss to Reeve’s United States.

Defeat ended any hope the Bosnians had in a vastly disappointing debut event, the place they leaked 364 factors over 4 consecutive defeats with Belgium efficiently blunting the risk posed by dangerwoman Jonquel Jones.

“We played a very good defence on Jones and as a team we were very focused,” mentioned Belgium coach Valery Demory.

The high 4 groups from every of the 2 teams progress to the quarter-finals with China additionally qualifying from Pool A in the event that they beat Puerto Rico later.

Serbia saved their hopes alive in a tricky Group B, beating Mali 81-68. Canada are already by and face hosts Australia later, who may qualify in the event that they win.

France will be part of them in the event that they overcome Japan, whose ball motion and relentless defence that outlined their run to the Tokyo Olympics ultimate final yr have to date been largely absent.