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U.S. Women Hold Off China To Go 2-0 At Basketball World Cup

By Karen Price | Sept. 23, 2018, 3 p.m. (ET)

Breanna Stewart competes during a game on July 25, 2016 in Los Angeles.


The U.S. women’s basketball team hit triple-digits in a 100-88 win over China in the second game of the FIBA Women’s World Cup on Sunday in Tenerife, Spain.

Team USA improves to 2-0 after a tournament-opening win over Senegal on Saturday and showed off their wealth of offensive weapons in the victory.

Olympic gold medalist Breanna Stewart, who recently won her first WNBA title with the Seattle Storm, led the team in scoring with 23 points, six rebounds and four assists on 9-of-12 shooting from the field. She was followed by A’ja Wilson with 20 points and six rebounds, two-time Olympic gold medalist Tina Charles, who scored 10 points in the first quarter and finished with 16 and six rebounds, and four-time Olympic gold medalist Diana Taurasi, who had 11 points in the first half alone and finished with 13.  

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The U.S. led 48-39 at the half and finished the game with 58 percent shooting from the field while limiting China to 47 percent. Team USA also took advantage of its free throws, scoring 20 points on 91 percent shooting from the line.

The U.S. was without Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner, who tweaked an ankle in practice, for the second game in a row.

Team USA will next face Latvia on Tuesday. The U.S. has won nine of 17 titles at the tournament but are looking to win three in a row for the first time this year. The Americans have not lost a World Cup games since the semifinals in 2006. 

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.

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