USA beat Puerto Rico 106-42 in Women’s Basketball World Cup

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        <span class="t-location">SYDNEY (AFP) - </span>The defending champions United States smashed the sign of the century against Puerto Rico on Friday to signal it means work at the Women's Basketball World Cup, while Serbia beat Olympic silver medalist Japan.        </p><div>

        <p>The three-times champions won 106-42 in Sydney to make it 2-0 in the first set as he targets his eleventh title, having beaten strong Belgium on the opening day of the 10-day tournament.

The Americans shot 54 percent of the field with Shakira Austin (19), Kahlia Cooper (18), Breonna Jones (13), Jewell Lloyd (12), Brianna Stewart (11) and Alyssa Thomas (11) in double figures.

“Defensively again led by Alyssa with six steals, I think it was very difficult to play against us,” coach Sheryl Reeve said. “We also had a seat that was really good.”

This was their 24th consecutive World Cup victory, dating back to 2010.

Thomas said the result does not properly reflect what they have achieved.

“We were working on our team chemistry and added a lot of new pieces,” she said. “Games like this are useful.”

Puerto Rico won its first World Cup match on Thursday when it crushed Bosnia and Herzegovina 82-58.

But they were no match for the powerful Americans, who spoiled the seriousness of Ariella Guerantes.

Guerantis scored 26 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in Thursday’s win, but was limited to just seven points in her 20-minute time on the court.

“Today we didn’t play,” said frustrated Puerto Rican coach Jerry Batista. “We were playing the best team in the world but I don’t think we tried.” “We have to learn from this. We have to be more aggressive.”

Unfortunately, the Americans were not once again at full power.

Chelsea Gray, Kelsey Bloom and Aja Wilson of the Las Vegas Ice arrived in Sydney early Friday after their team wrapped up the WNBA Finals last weekend, so they didn’t participate.

Asian champions Japan scored 16 three-pointers in their 89-56 win over Mali in Group B on Thursday, but managed just 5 of 22 against Serbia – and it cost them.

The Serbs advanced 24-9 in the first quarter before Japan woke up, but the difference was too big and they fell 69-64.

Jovana Nogic led the way for Serbia with 13 points and nine rebounds, to make up for the team’s 67-60 loss to world number four Canada in the opening match.

The top four teams from each of the two groups advance to the quarter-finals.

Belgium aims to recover from its defeat to the United States by later defeating South Korea, a team that struggles without superstar Park Ji Soo.

Bosnia and Herzegovina will look to recover from their shock defeat to Puerto Rico against China, who crushed the Koreans 107-44 first.

Hosts Australia, who qualified for the 2018 finals, face Mali as they try to get back on track after colliding with France.

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