The US was examined for the primary time on the Ladies’s Basketball World Cup, earlier than grinding out an 88-55 quarterfinal win over Serbia in Sydney.
- Kelsey Plum scores 17 factors to steer the scoring for the US
- The win was the twenty eighth in a row for the US at World Cup tournaments
- The Opals play Belgium within the quarterfinals
After a gradual begin, the US used a dominant run spanning the half to take management of the sport and attain the semifinals.
Alyssa Thomas performed a key position within the win with 13 factors, 14 rebounds and 7 assists.
“I believe you count on each workforce’s finest punch within the first quarter,” Thomas mentioned.
“We simply needed to settle into the sport and as soon as we settled in, then we had been actually capable of break free.”
Kelsey Plum scored 17 factors and A’ja Wilson added 15 to steer the US (6-0), who will face the winner of Canada and Puerto Rico within the semifinals on Friday.
“They (Serbia) performed tremendous bodily, extra bodily than we have seen your complete event,” Plum mentioned.
“Credit score to them. I felt that early on their strain bothered us slightly bit, however we had been capable of form of get beneath management.”
The US had run by pool play, profitable by 46.2 factors per sport and had not confronted any form of problem till assembly Serbia.
The victory was the twenty eighth in a row in World Cup play for the US. The Soviet Union holds the World Cup file with 56 straight wins from 1959-86.
After going unbeaten in pool play once more, the US reached no less than the semifinals for the twelfth consecutive event, courting to 1975.
The Opals will play Belgium on Thursday night time of their quarterfinal, with the winner to face both France or China within the final 4.