Sydney – Aja Wilson And the US women’s basketball team put in a great show, smashing the FIBA Women’s World Cup scoring mark in a record defeat for South Korea.
Briona Jones He scored 24 points and Wilson added 20 to help the United States beat South Korea 145-69 on Monday. Shakira AustinThe kick from the player nine seconds before the end of the game helped the Americans to break Brazil’s record of 143 points, which it set in 1990 against Malaysia.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been part of a team that can score basketball like this,” Wilson said. “That’s crazy. We put 145 points. I think when you look at us and you just know how talented we are, we’ve come together and we’re playing very well together.”
The United States has always had the most talented and deepest roster of any World Cup team with 12 WNBA stars on the roster. However, Americans have never come close to this kind of offensive output during their acclaimed World Cup history. The team’s previous record was 119 points against Angola in 2014 and China in 2006. The scoring margin was the largest in US history as well, surpassing the 75-point win over Angola in 2014.
The victory was the 26th consecutive World Cup for the Americans, who have not lost since the 2006 semi-finals, when they fell to Russia. The United States also won 26 consecutive times from 1994 to 2006. The Soviet Union holds the World Cup record with 56 consecutive wins from 1959 to 1986.
The United States (4-0), playing in the stellar defense, was challenged by South Korea early on. The teams were trading baskets in the first 8 minutes, and the match tied at 21 points before the Americans took control, scoring the last 11 points of the first half.
Kolaya copper He came off the bench for the first time in the tournament and scored six points during that boom. The Americans maintained their starting streak early in the second quarter, scoring nine of their first 11 points to put the game away.
By the end of the first half, the US was up 68-40, including a 44-point lead in the paint against the smaller Koreans.
“We were trying to get the ball in,” Jones said. “We had an advantage there.”
The only thrill in the second half was how many records the Americans could break. They took their scoring mark on Sabrina Unescu3-pointers with 6:15 left in the game and continued to put points, with Austin’s throw that crowned the contest.
Other records broken on Monday included 62 field goals, 36 assists and 94 points in the paint.
“Our size was an issue for them, and I thought we shared the ball,” said American coach Sheryl Reeve.
The American bench scored 88 points, 19 points more than the entire South Korean team.
The Americans had a good rest, having had their first day in the championship on Sunday.
Despite the defeat, South Korea (1-3) can still advance to the quarter-finals with a victory over Puerto Rico on Tuesday.
Lysol Kang, who had 37 points in the victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina, scored 10 points against the Americans. Hyejin Park had 17 to lead the team.
ESPN Stats & Information and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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