Diana Taurasi shoots during a game at the FIBA World Cup on Sept. 23, 2018 in Tenerife, Spain.
The U.S. women’s basketball team got a lift from one of its longest-tenured players and one making her tournament debut on Tuesday during a 102-76 win over Latvia in the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup.
With the victory, Team USA closed out the group play portion of the tournament in Tenerife, Spain, in the top spot with a 3-0 record and will move through to the quarterfinals beginning on Friday. They will face the winner of a game between Nigeria and a yet-to-be-named opponent.
Four-time Olympian Diana Taurasi led the way for the U.S. on Tuesday, scoring 10 points in the first quarter alone. With 16 points, she was one of seven U.S. players to finish in double-digits in scoring.
Center Brittney Griner, one of six members of the team who won a gold medal at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, made her 2018 FIBA World Cup debut after tweaking an ankle in practice and missing the games against China and Senegal to open the tournament. She scored 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field and added six rebounds.
Two-time Olympian Tina Charles led the U.S. in scoring with 18 points and added six rebounds.
A’ja Wilson and Breanna Stewart each had 12 points and a team-leading eight rebounds. Jewell Loyd had 11 points and seven rebounds and Nneka Ogwumike had 10 points and six rebounds.
The U.S. had a 52-42 lead at the half against Latvia, which this year was making its World Cup debut and leaves the tournament with an 0-3 record. A 17-0 run in the third quarter helped coach Dawn Staley’s team put the game out of reach and moved the U.S. a step closer to its third World Cup title in a row and 10th title overall.