Associated Press – Nira Fields scored 17 points and Shay Koli added 11 to help Canada win 59-45 over France in the Women’s Basketball World Cup on Friday.
The win placed Canada (2–0) as the only remaining undefeated team in their pool.
“It’s great for us,” said Canadian guard Kia Nurse. “Great push to keep going. The first game against Serbia highlights what we can do, a great team win. It’s huge to do that again with everyone’s contribution.”
In other games on Friday, the United States beat Puerto Rico 106-42; China’s dominance in Bosnia and Herzegovina 98-51; Serbia beat Japan 69-64 and Belgium beat South Korea 84-61. Australia beat Mali 118-58.
Canada won 20–17 with three minutes remaining in the second quarter before going 17–0 through the half to take control of the match. Koli scored the last six points of that streak.
The French were down 20 points at the start of the fourth quarter, but used a 10–1 run to close within 11, unable to close the gap further.
Gabby Williams, who had 23 points in her opening win over Australia, finished with 13 points to lead the French attack.
United States 106, Puerto Rico 42
Shakira Austin scored 19 points, Kahleh Copper added 16, and the United States made a suffocating defense to dominate Puerto Rico.
Alyssa Thomas had 11 points and six steals for the Americans (2-0), which forced Puerto Rico to make 21 turnovers.
Maia Hollingshead was the top scorer for Puerto Rico (1-1) with 10 points.
Serbia 69, Japan 64
In the win over Japan, Jovana Nogi scored 13 points to seal a double-digit five-player Serb attack.
Yvonne Andersson and Kristina Topuzovic added 12 points for Serbia (1–1), who built a 24–9 first quarter to take an early lead over silver medalists at the Tokyo Olympics.
Australia 118, Mali 58
Ezzie Magbegor scored 15 points for Australia to lead seven players to double digits as they beat Mali.
The African nation took a 10–2 lead before coach Sandy Brondello added Lauren Jackson to Australia’s lineup (1–1). The Aussies next scored 17 points, including five from Jackson, to start the game 33–2.
China 98, Bosnia and Herzegovina 51
Han Xu scored 18 points and Li Meng contributed 17 to help China go undefeated with a win over Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Chinese team defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina 48-20 in the second half.
Belgium 84, South Korea 61
Hind Ben Abdelkader scored 17 points and Julie Vanloo added 14 to help Belgium register their first win of the tournament by defeating South Korea.
Julie Allemand had 13 points and eight assists for Belgium (1–1), which had lost to the United States in their first game.