US not big on blowout

The US women’s basketball team says it doesn’t care about the final score. The players just want to have at least 1 more point than their opponents during the Olympic tournament.

That sounds like the right thing to say after Candace Parker had 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Americans to a 90-38 rout of Angola on Monday night in London.

But the Americans aren’t just being politically correct. They know they are still a work in progress, having only been together training for two weeks.

The game against Olympic newcomer Angola was expected to be a romp. Parker finished with her second double-double of the tournament.


‘‘The goal is to continue to get better every game and I think that was what we did,’’ Parker said.

The Americans (2-0 in Group A) have won their last 35 straight games in the Olympics and four consecutive gold medals.

Angola (0-2) trailed by 10 after the first quarter. Then the US put the game away with a 19-6 run. Parker converted two nifty reverse layups in the second quarter.

Coach Geno Auriemma rested center Sylvia Fowles, who has a sore left foot.

France 74, Australia 70 — Emilie Gomis scored all 22 of her points after halftime and France (2-0) pulled off a big upset by shocking Australia in overtime. The Aussies (1-1), ranked second in the world, forced OT with Belinda Snell’s buzzer-beating halfcourt heave.

No team other than the US had beaten Australia in the Olympics since Ukraine in 1996. ‘‘It’s a big, big win,’’ French captain Celine Dumerc said.

Turkey 61, Czech Republic 57 — Turkey (2-0 in Group A) geared up for its next game against the US. Nevriye Yilmz had 11 points and 13 boards.

China 83, Croatia 58 — Chen Nan racked up 28 points and 10 rebounds as China stayed tied atop Group A at 2-0.

Canada 73, Britain 65 — Former University of Vermont standout Courtnay Pilypaitis had 11 points for Canada (1-1 in Group B), while former Franklin Pierce great Johannah Leedham scored 12 points for the host team (0-2).


Russia 69, Brazil 59 — Evgeniya Belyakova (14 points) and Russia improved to 2-0 in Group B.

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