The United States set a new all-time women’s basketball World Cup scoring record Monday, defeating South Korea 145-69, while Belgium advanced to the quarterfinals. In Sydney, eight of the Americans’ 12-player roster scored in double digits, topped by Brionna Jones’ 24 points, eight rebounds, and one assist. A’ja Wilson scored 20 points and Breanna Stewart added 18 as the three-time reigning champs ran wild, with Shakira Austin securing the record with a field goal with seconds left.
Brazil previously held the record, defeating Malaysia 143-50 in a group game at the 1990 tournament. “I think we got off to a slower start than we wanted, but we had a group that came in that really transformed things for us,” said USA coach Cheryl Reeve, whose team is vying for its 11th overall crown. “We had more pressure, and I believe the number of points we earned in the paint was 90 or so. So our size was an issue for them, and I felt we did a good job of sharing the ball.”
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