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SYDNEY— A’ja Wilson and the United States put on quite a show, breaking the World Cup goalscoring record in a record-breaking rout of South Korea.

Brionna Jones scored 24 points and Wilson added 20 to help the United States beat South Korea 145-69 on Monday. Shakira AustinThe layup with 9 seconds to go helped the Americans break Brazil’s record of 143 points set in 1990.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been on a team that could score in basketball like that,” Wilson said. “It’s crazy, we put up 145 points. I think when you look at us and know how talented we are, we just got together and we play very, very well together.

The United States still has the most talented and deepest roster of any World Cup team with 12 WNBA stars on the roster. Still, the Americans had never approached that kind of offensive production in their World Cup history. The team’s previous record was 119 points against Angola in 2014 and China in 2006. The goal margin was also the largest in United States history, surpassing the 75-point win over China. Angola in 2014.

The victory was also the 26th consecutive World Cup for the Americans, who had not lost since the 2006 semi-finals, when they fell to Russia. The United States also had 26 straight wins from 1994 to 2006. The Soviet Union holds the World Cup record with 56 straight wins from 1959 to 1986.

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What started with Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi and Sylvia Fowles has now been forwarded to Breanna Stewart and Wilson. A legacy of excellence that shows no sign of ending.

The United States (4-0), who played excellent defense, were challenged by South Korea early. The teams traded baskets for the first 8 minutes and it was tied at 21 before the Americans took control, scoring the final 11 points of the period.

Kahleah Copper came off the bench for the first time in the tournament and scored six points during that push. The Americans kept the streak going to start the second quarter, scoring nine of the first 11 points to put the game aside.

By the time the game reached halftime, the United States was leading 68-40, including scoring 44 points in the paint against the undersized Koreans.

“We were trying to get the ball inside,” Jones said. “We had an advantage there.”

The only suspense of the second half was how many records the Americans could break. They landed their own goal mark on Sabrina Ionescu3 points with 6:15 left in the game and continued to rack up points with Austin’s layup to cap the contest.

Other records broken on Monday include 62 field goals, 36 assists and 94 points in the paint.

“Our height was a problem for them and I thought we were sharing the ball,” the American coach said. Cheryl Reeve said.

The Americans were well rested for the game after having their first day off from the tournament on Sunday.

Despite the rout, South Korea (1-3) can still qualify for the quarter-finals with a win over Puerto Rico on Tuesday.

Leeseul Kangwho had 37 points in a win over Bosnia and Herzegovina, scored 10 points. Hyejin Park had 17 to lead the team.

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