Basketball: Team USA squashes China 105-62 to finish to group play

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A glittering 60-26 halftime lead helped the United States women’s basketball cruise to

Tina Charles and Brittney Griner led three players in double figures with 18 points each, while Maya Moore banked 8 assists, 8 rebounds and 4 steals. Griner had a double-double with 13 boards.

The U.S. finishes group play with 529 points over five games.

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Team USA played a particularly stingy brand of basketball in the first quarter.

While it certainly didn’t help that China struggled with sloppy shooting and traveling — a Xiaojia Chen 3-point shot was its only field goal in the first five minutes — the United States defense and transition game helped openup a 32-9 lead through Charles’ 12 points and three rebounds.

China was led by Mengran Sun’s 16 points and Wen Lu’s 13.

As the winners of Group A, the United States will get the fourth-placed team in Group B for a quarterfinal game on Wednesday.