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

Updated: September 14, 2006, 8:40 AM ET
Associated Press

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.

Mechelle Voepel's take
Wednesday's 79-46 victory over Nigeria wasn't quite the beautiful basketball clinic that the Americans' opener against China was, but it more than got the job done. Again, all 12 U.S. players scored, this time with DeLisha Milton-Jones getting a team-high 13 points.

But she also was the high contributor, with five, to the one area of the game that concerned coach Anne Donovan: turnovers. The Americans had 22.

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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.

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