The U.S. women's water polo team remains undefeated in its campaign to defend its Olympic title, downing China 12-4 Thursday afternoon at Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre in Barra's Olympic Park.
Team captain Maggie Steffens put the U.S. on top early with a goal 28 seconds into the match, the first of three unanswered goals that led to a 4-1 advantage at the end of the first quarter, which was built to 7-1 by halftime.
Steffens led the team with four goals in as many attempts. Maddie Musselman added three goals in four tries as the U.S. shot 52.4 percent (11-21) for the game.
The U.S. will conclude group play at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, facing Hungary to determine which team will be the top seed out of Group B advancing to the knockout stage.