USA 71, France 46

Taurasi Scores 15 as U.S. Shuts Down France to Stay Perfect at Worlds

BARUERI, Brazil (Ticker) - The United States got stingier as the game came to a conclusion.

Diana Taurasi scored 15 points and Tina Thompson added 12 as the U.S. cruised to a 71-46 victory over France in Group F action at the Women's World Championships.

Taurasi made 6-of-8 shots, including 3-of-5 from the arc for the Americans (5-0) who held the French to just two points in the final period.

The U.S. closed out the contest with a 24-4 run while holding France (3-2) to a remarkable 17 percent (5-of-30) shooting over the course of the second half.

"In the third quarter I thought we came out and put the hammer down," United States and Seattle Storm coach Anne Donovan said. "We've been talking about doing that, I thought we did a good job against Cuba in the second half last night, and then tonight we did the same thing. Kudos to this team that continues to get better each day, which is our goal."

The French did not have a player reach double figures in scoring.

"I give a lot of credit to this team because it's not easy to come into training camp after a WNBA season," Donovan said. "With the exception of (collegian) Candace Parker, you've got all WNBA players working hard on defense."

Team U.S. faces the Czech Republic (4-1) on Monday to determine the top seed in Group F.

In other Group F action, the Czech Republic pulled out a 85-83 victory over Russia (2-3) and China (2-3) posted a 73-70 triumph over Cuba (2-3).

In Group E play, Australia (5-0) earned a 82-73 win over Brazil (3-2). Lithuania (3-2) beat Argentina (3-2), 62-47, and Spain (3-2) posted an 85-57 rout of Canada(1-4).

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