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Parker, Thompson lead U.S. over China

CANBERRA, Australia -- Tennessee's Candace Parker scored 17
points and Houston Comets star Tina Thompson had 14 points and 12
rebounds to help the U.S. women's team beat China 87-53 on Monday
in the Opals World Challenge.

The United States, 3-0 in the tournament, will face Taiwan on
Tuesday and complete play against Australia on Wednesday.

"Our focus coming in today, in all three games in Canberra, was
to play much better defense than we did in Cairns," U.S. coach
Anne Donovan said.

"We put teams on the free throw line way too much. We're trying
to clean it up defensively and I think we can do a better job with
our help side than we did tonight, but overall it's a step in the
right direction.