US Girls Win File twenty seventh Straight Sport at World Cup
By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer
SYDNEY (AP) — There’s been a protracted legacy of success for the U.S. ladies’s basketball staff on the World Cup.
The names change over time, however the outcomes do not appear to.
Kelsey Plum scored 20 factors, Chelsea Gray added 16 and the United States routed Bosnia and Herzegovina 121-59 on Tuesday to interrupt the staff report for consecutive wins on the World Cup.
The victory was the twenty seventh in a row in World Cup play for the Americans, who haven’t misplaced because the 2006 semifinals towards Russia. The U.S. gained 26 in a row from 1994-2006 main as much as that recreation. The Soviet Union holds the World Cup report with 56 straight wins from 1959-86.
“It’s sort of superb,” stated Breanna Stewart, who has been a part of the final three World Cup groups. “Obviously, been right here for a few of it, however you perceive the legends earlier than that who actually sort of began the streak. It goes to indicate that irrespective of who’s taking part in on USA Basketball, we’re all the time making an attempt to chase excellence.
“This streak doesn’t imply a lot proper now as a result of we’re going into the quarterfinals and specializing in profitable a gold medal, but it surely’s one thing to sort of cling your hat on later.”
What began with Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi and Sylvia Fowles has now been handed on to Stewart and A’ja Wilson. A legacy of excellence that doesn’t seem it should finish anytime quickly.
“The gamers change and, , there was quite a lot of concern about who’s subsequent,” U.S. coach Cheryl Reeve stated. “It was a priority when Dawn Staley and Lisa Leslie had been taking part in and who was going to be subsequent. Then it was Sue and (Taurasi) after which different nice gamers, too. Now with this group they’re saying, hey, we’re fairly good, too.”
After going unbeaten in pool play once more, the U.S. hasn’t misplaced a recreation previous to the semifinals since 1983.
“We know the duty once you placed on this jersey. There’s much more than your self,” Plum stated. “Everyone places delight to the aspect. We have a standard objective. We have some superb gamers on this staff.”
The Americans (5-0) gained their pool video games by a mean of 46.2 factors and by no means trailed in any of them. Now they’ll wait to see who they draw within the quarterfinals.
The U.S. was coming off a report rout of South Korea by which the staff broke the World Cup report for factors with 145. While the Americans did not match that quantity, they put the sport out of attain within the first 10 minutes, going up 33-15.
The lead ballooned to 63-31 at halftime. Bosnia and Herzegovina put collectively a small run to start out the third quarter, however the U.S. scored the ultimate 19 factors of the interval.
Once once more they used a dominant inside efficiency, outscoring Bosnia and Herzegovina 84-28 within the paint led by Wilson, Stewart and Brionna Jones.
“It’s an enormous a part of our identification,” Reeve stated. “Ninety-whatever we had yesterday and 84 immediately, we simply know what we’re good at and we have now gamers which are actually understanding their alternatives for that.”
The U.S. was lacking Jewell Loyd, whom the staff stated was resting. Kahleah Copper began in her place and completed with 11 factors.
Nikolina Elez scored 19 factors to guide the Bosniaks (0-5), who had been taking part in of their first World Cup.
In different video games Tuesday, Puerto Rico beat South Korea 92-73 to advance to the quarterfinals for the primary time. China routed Belgium 81-55 for second place within the pool. Canada performed Mali, France confronted Serbia, and Australia opposed Japan. While all the opposite quarterfinal spots are locked in, the positioning of the groups was nonetheless to be decided. FIBA will maintain a draw for the matchups within the elimination spherical after the Australia-Japan recreation.
Bosnia and Herzegovina: event is over.
U.S.: performs within the quarterfinals Thursday.
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