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
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.
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
leading the way with 18 points and
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
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.
led the Canadian campaign with 17 points, six rebounds and two steals as
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
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.
topped Australian scorers with 15 points, followed closely by
Caylee George, Darcee Garbin
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).
14:30 USA v CHN – Sydney Superdome 18:00 BIH v KOR – Sydney Superdome 20:30 PUR v BEL – Sydney Superdome
Rest day –
Sunday 25 September
14:30 MLI v FRA – Sydney Superdome 18:00 AUS v SRB – Sydney Superdome 20:30 JPN v CAN – Sydney Superdome
Monday 26 September
11:30 BEL v BIH – Sydney Superdome 14:00 KOR v USA – Sydney Superdome 17:30 CHN v PUR – Sydney Superdome
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
11:30 PUR v KOR – Sydney Superdome
13:30 CHN v BEL - Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre
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
– Thurs 29 Sep
12:00 Quarterfinal 1 - Sydney