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US women rout China in basketball

Posted by Robert Burgess  August 5, 2012 01:24 PM

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LONDON (AP) — The U.S. women’s basketball team tied their own Olympic scoring record Sunday with a 114-63 rout of China.

A few days after the U.S. men’s team shattered the Olympic scoring record for points in a game, the women put on their own show.

Diana Taurasi scored 22 points and the women matched the 114 points they scored against Spain in 1992, but and fell well short of the women’s Olympic mark of 128 points set by Brazil in 2004.

China was able to hang with the U.S. for a quarter behind its own hot shooting before the Americans turned the game into a rout with a huge second quarter run.

The victory was the Americans’ 38th-straight in Olympic play and gave them the top seed in the group for the quarterfinals. The U.S. will meet Canada on Tuesday.

The other quarterfinal matchups will be undefeated France against the Czech Republic; Australia plays China; and Russia will take on Turkey.

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