Holders the United States hit the century mark towards Puerto Rico on Friday to sign they imply enterprise on the girls’s basketball World Cup whereas Serbia upset Olympic silver medallists Japan.
The three-time defending champions romped 106-42 in Sydney to make it 2-Zero in Group A as they aim an 11th title, after easing previous a robust Belgium on the opening day of the 10-day championships.
The Americans shot 54 % from the sector with Shakira Austin (19), Kahleah Copper (18), Brionna Jones (13), Jewell Loyd (12), Breanna Stewart (11) and Alyssa Thomas (11) all in double figures.
“Defensively, again, led by Alyssa with six steals, I think we were just really hard to play against,” stated coach Cheryl Reeve. “We also had a bench that was really, really good.”
It was their 24th consecutive win on the World Cup, stretching again to 2010.
Thomas stated the rating did not correctly mirror what that they had achieved.
“We were working on our team chemistry and we added a lot of new pieces,” she stated. “Games like this are helpful.”
Puerto Rico gained their first-ever World Cup sport on Thursday after they crushed Bosnia and Herzegovina 82-58.
But they had been no match for the mighty Americans, who blunted the harmful Arella Guirantes.
Guirantes scored an unbelievable 26 factors, 9 rebounds and eight assists in that Thursday win, however was restricted to simply seven factors in her near-20-minute court docket time.
“Today we didn’t show up. We were playing the best team in the world, but I think we didn’t try,” stated Puerto Rico’s upset coach Jerry Batista. “We must learn from this. We have to be more aggressive.”
Ominously, the Americans had been once more not even at full energy.
The Las Vegas Aces’ Chelsea Gray, Kelsey Plum and A’ja Wilson arrived in Sydney jet-lagged early Friday after their crew sealed the WNBA Finals final weekend, so that they took no half.
Asian champions Japan poured in 16 three-pointers of their 89-56 thumping of Mali in Group B on Thursday, however managed simply 5 from 22 towards Serbia — and it price them.