By Karen Price | Sept. 22, 2018, 2 p.m. (ET)

Elena Delle Donne reacts at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 on Aug. 18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

 

With a mix of Olympians and World Cup veterans as well as a few newcomers, the U.S. women’s basketball team opened the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup with an 87-67 win over Senegal on Saturday in Tenerife, Spain. 

Elena Delle Donne, a 2016 Olympic gold medalist who did not open camp with the team but joined them after the WNBA Finals ended, led all players in scoring with 19 points on 8 of 10 shooting from the field and added six rebounds and two blocks. 

Nneka Ogwumike, who was a member of the 2014 World Cup team, had 16 points and A’ja Wilson, the WNBA Rookie of the Year making her World Cup debut, scored 15 points in the victory.

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The top-ranked U.S. is going for its third consecutive World Cup gold medal, which would be a first for Team USA, and its 10th gold overall at the tournament. They’ve already won the tournament more times than any other nation ahead of the Soviet Union, which won six overall and five in a row between 1959 and 1975.

Team USA now has a 17-game winning streak at the tournament, with their last loss dating back to the 2006 semifinals against Russia.   

The U.S. last met 17th-ranked Senegal just a week ago in a mini-tournament warmup in France and cruised to a 109-58 victory. Team USA led by just one point after a tight first quarter on Saturday but held a 45-31 lead at the half and controlled the game the rest of the way.

Next up for Team USA is China on Sunday. 

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.