SYDNEY (AP) — Shakira Austin scored 19 factors, Kahleah Copper added 16 and the US performed suffocating defence to rout Puerto Rico 106-42 on Friday within the ladies’s World Cup.
Alyssa Thomas added 11 factors and 6 steals for the People (2-0), who compelled Puerto Rico into 21 turnovers.
The U.S. jumped out to a 27-11 lead after one quarter as Thomas had 10 factors and 5 steals within the opening 10 minutes. The People contested almost each shot Puerto Rico took and compelled 9 turnovers. The U.S. saved the strain on within the second, holding Puerto Rico with no level for almost the primary 5 minutes of the interval.
Mya Holingshed lastly ended the drought, making a contested 3-pointer that made it 40-17. The People led 54-21 on the half. There was little drama within the second half because the U.S. saved extending its lead.
The People contained guard Arella Guirantes, who had 26 factors, 9 rebounds and eight assists in Puerto Rico’s opening win over Bosnia and Herzegovina. She was held to seven factors on 2-of-12 capturing. The U.S. threw 4 or 5 completely different defenders at her, beginning with Kahleah Copper.
The U.S. now has received 24 consecutive World Cup video games since shedding within the 2006 semifinals to Russia. The People are two wins in need of matching their file 26-game run from 1998-2006.
Puerto Rico (1-1) was coming off its first-ever World Cup win. Hollingshed, who performed for Colorado in school, completed with 10 factors.
Chelsea Grey and Kelsey Plum landed in Sydney after celebrating the Las Vegas Aces’ first WNBA championship with a parade on Tuesday. They sat on the U.S. bench and cheered on their teammates. A’ja Wilson, the third member of the championship staff, was anticipated to land in Sydney later Friday.
Nearly as good because the U.S. defence was, it wasn’t the bottom scoring whole by an American opponent. Argentina had 22 factors in 1953. … The People additionally fell in need of the margin-of-victory file held by the 2014 staff that beat Angola 119-44. … Thomas additionally fell one in need of the U.S. file for steals in a recreation set by Cheryl Miller in 1986. Tamika Catchings had six in opposition to Russia in 2002. Olga Gomez of Cuba holds the World Cup file of 10 in opposition to France in 1994.
Puerto Rico: Faces Belgium on Saturday.