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U.S. holds Nigeria to 4 first-quarter points, rolls to win

9/14/2006 - WNBA

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- DeLisha Milton-Jones scored 13 points and Tina Thompson added 10 as the United States routed Nigeria 79-46 at the women's basketball world championship on Wednesday.

No other players scored in double figures for the two-time defending world champions, who won for the second straight day. The United States led 25-4 after the first quarter and cruised from there.

Nigeria closed the gap to 55-36 heading into the fourth quarter, but the United States put the game away by outscoring the Nigerians 24-10 in the final frame.

In other games, Australia's Lauren Jackson scored 31 points in a 95-55 win against Senegal, and Gisella Vega had 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Argentina over Spain 77-65.

Iziane Castro Marques scored 21 points and was joined by three teammates in double figures as Brazil defeated South Korea 100-86. Sadrine Gruda had 22 points to lead France over Taiwan 100-68, and Russia downed China 86-66.

Eva Viteck scored 19 points in the Czech Republic's 73-51 win over Cuba. Jurgita Streimikyte had 21 points as Lithuania beat Canada 84-58.