The U.S continued the defense of their title on the second day of the  FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup with a comprehensive win over Puerto Rico, 106-42 in Sydney, Australia

Team USA surpassed the century mark thanks to six players hitting double figures in point-scoring.

22-year-old Shakira Austin led the way with 19 points and 10 rebounds while Alyssa Thomas was once more prolific in defense snatching six steals as the Americans clocked

Puerto Rico made history the day before when they claimed their first-ever win at the FIBA event after they defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The depth of the Olympic champions proved too much to handle as they stifled star player Arella Guirantes who had been so dangerous in game one.

Serbia rebounded strongly from their opening round defeat to see-off Tokyo 2020 silver medallists Japan 69-64.

The European champions got off to a fast start leading 24-9 after the end of the first period.

And their quick work proved too much for their Asian rivals who were left with too much to chew as the game played out.

Jovana Nogic finished at the front of the pack for Serbia with 13 points and nine rebounds.

China continued their flying start with another impressive win over Bosnia and Herzegovina, 98-51, to go two-from-two.

The same aggressive, intimidating feel that saw them score over 100 points yesterday against South Korea was in full flow after the Chinese team recovered a 0-5 deficit at tip-off.

Five players finished the game in double-digits with Han Xu leading the way with 18 points and Meng Li tidying up with 17 points.

Elsewhere, Belgium saw off South Korea, 84-61, to recover their first round loss against the US.

Hind Ben Abdelkader scored 17 points and Julie Vanloo added 14 to get the Belgian Cats an all-important win in the group stages.

Only four out of the six teams in either group can advance meaning every victory earned is vital.

Canada joined China and the United States in sitting 2-0 after they ground out a physical 59-45 win against France.

Nirra Fields led the Canadian campaign with 17 points, six rebounds and two steals as Shay Colley added 11 points and six assists.

Les Bleues, who had defeated hosts Australia in their first group game, found themselves suffocated by the rivals' defence as well as lacking in shooting accuracy.

They made just 16 percent of their three-point shot attempts (3/19).  The last win of the night went to the Australian Opals who dismantled a spirited Mali, 118-58.

The only African team at the tournament burst out of the blocks to lead 10-2 at the start of the first period.

It was then Sandy Brondello rolled the dice with choice changes that immediately impacted the game.

At the end of the first hooter sound the hosts were up 23-12 before then stretching their legs in the next three quarters to quash Malian spirits.

Ezi Magbegor topped Australian scorers with 15 points, followed closely by Caylee George, Darcee Garbin and Sarah Blicavs who were all tied on 14 points each.

In all, seven Opals hit double figures to produce the highest finishing score of the tournament so far.

2022: FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup: Schedule

Here is a breakdown of the tournament day-by-day. All times are in Australian Eastern Time (UTC +10).

Saturday  24 September Group A 14:30 USA v CHN – Sydney Superdome 18:00 BIH v KOR  – Sydney Superdome 20:30 PUR v BEL  – Sydney Superdome

Group B Rest day – Sunday 25 September Group A Rest day Group B 14:30 MLI v FRA – Sydney Superdome 18:00 AUS v SRB – Sydney Superdome 20:30 JPN v CAN – Sydney Superdome

Monday 26 September Group A 11:30 BEL v BIH – Sydney Superdome 14:00 KOR v USA – Sydney Superdome 17:30 CHN v PUR – Sydney Superdome Group B 13:30 SRB v MLI - Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre

16:00 FRA v JPN - Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre 20:30 AUS v CAN – Sydney Superdome Tuesday 27 Sep Group A 11:30 PUR v KOR – Sydney Superdome 13:30 CHN v BEL - Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre

Group B 16:00 MLI v CAN - Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre 17:30 SRB v FRA – Sydney Superdome 20:30 AUS v JPN – Sydney Superdome – Wed 28 Sep Rest day – Thurs 29 Sep 12:00 Quarterfinal 1 - Sydney