U.S. women’s basketball team scores 145 points in rout of South Korea, breaking World Cup record

SYDNEY — Brionna Jones scored 24 points, A’ja Wilson added 20 and the USA used a dominant inside effort for a record performance in Monday’s 145-69 win over South Korea at the World Cup.

It broke the highest-scoring game in World Cup history, surpassing the 143 points Brazil had in 1990. It also broke the previous US mark of 119 points achieved against Angola in 2014 and China in 2006. The goal difference (76) was also the largest in US history as well.

The victory was also the 26th in a row in World Cup play for the Americans, who have not lost since the 2006 semi-finals when they lost to Russia. The USA also won 26 consecutive times from 1994 to 2006. The Soviet Union holds the World Cup record with 56 consecutive wins from 1959-1986.

What started with Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi and Sylvia Fowles has now been passed down to Breanna Stewart and A’ja Wilson. A legacy of excellence that doesn’t look like it’s going to end any time soon.

The USA (4-0), who have played excellent defense so far, were challenged early on by South Korea. The teams traded baskets for the first eight minutes and it was 21 points before the Americans took control and scored the last 11 points of the third.

Coming off the bench for the first time in the tournament, Kahleah Copper scored six points in that sprint. The Americans kept the streak going early in the second quarter, scoring nine of the first 11 points to end the game.

As the game reached halftime, the US was up 68-40 and scored 44 points in paintball against the undersized Koreans.

The only tension in the second half was how many records the Americans managed to break. They scored their own goal mark on Sabrina Ionescu’s 3-pointer with 6:15 in the game. Shakira Austin’s layup with 9 seconds to go surpassed Brazil’s mark.

Minutes earlier, they also broke the field goal record of 47 sets against South Korea in 1994. The US finished with 52 field goals and scored 90 points in the colour. Well rested, the Americans went into the game on Sunday after their first tournament-free day.

Despite the defeat, South Korea (1-3) can still reach the quarter-finals with a win over Puerto Rico on Tuesday.

Leeseul Kang, who had 37 points in a win against Bosnia and Herzegovina, scored 10 points. Hyejin Park had 17 to lead the team.

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Emma Bowman

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