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Monday, August 08, 2016

U.S. rolls past Spain to improve to 2-0 in the Olympics

Former UConn stars Sue Bird, Tina Charles, Maya Moore and Diana Taurasi combined for 16 assists as the United States improved to 2-0 in pool play in the Olympics after a 103-63 win over third-ranked Spain.

Taurasi finished with 13 points, two points and two assists, Bird had nine points, five rebounds and five assists, Moore had eight points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals while Charles added eight points, six rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocked shots. Former UConn star Breanna Stewart had nine points and four rebounds.

Elena Delle Donne and Sylvia Fowles had 12 points each while Brittney Griner and Angel McCoughtry had 10 points. Fowles and Griner were a combined 10 for 12 from the field as the U.S. took advantage of the absence of injured Spain star Syncho Lyttle to score inside early and often.

"We talked about it yesterday," UConn and U.S. coach Geno Auriemma said in a release. "Each game we play is going to get progressively harder. We have to keep getting better and it took us a little bit. Spain’s a really good team, but I think when you look our depth and all the people that we have that can keep the pressure going, after a while it starts to take its toll on the other team.  You could see as we got into the middle of the third quarter and the fourth quarter, it really starts to have an effect. I was really happy with, it’s the third day that we practice or play, so it’s never easy. So I thought it was good, I thought we did a great job."

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