Team USA, coached by Geno Auriemma and currently competing in the FIBA world championships in Turkey, made easy work of Angola Tuesday, cruising to a 119-44 win. The Americans, now 3-0 in group play, were led by former UConn standout and current WNBA star Maya Moore, who scored 16 points.
On Friday, they will face the winner of the France-Brazil matchup.
“We know France. We just played them recently,” Team USA coach Geno Auriemma said, via SNY.com's Carl Adamec. “I really haven’t seen Brazil much. Our coaches have gone out to see them. Either way, when you get to this point, into the quarterfinals, you get to the medal rounds, it’s not like you can afford to lose a game, you can’t afford to play poorly. You’re looking at one bad night and you go home. So, our players understand that and whoever we play, whether it’s France or Brazil, we’ll be ready.”
The 75-point win was the largest in US history at the world championships, and the 119 points matches a previous high.
“If we had won by this much and we had played really poorly, I’d be a little disappointed,” Auriemma said. “But I thought we played really, really well. I thought our offensive chemistry was really good. The ball moved really well. We got the ball in the lane a lot.
“I like the old format where we had six games before the medal round. It gave us more of an opportunity to be together and play games. This new format I don’t think helps us as much as the other format, but it is what it is. We have to get good real quick, and I think we’re going to be okay.”
UConn junior Breanna Stewart scored 9 points and pulled 6 rebounds in 16 minutes of work.