Serbia beats Olympic silver medalist Japan in World Cup


SYDNEY (AP) — Jovana Nogic scored 13 points to lead five players into double digits for Serbia in a 69-64 win over Japan at the Women’s Basketball World Cup on Friday.

Yvonne Anderson and Kristina Topuzovic each added 12 points for Serbia (1-1), who used a 24-9 in the first quarter to take an early lead.

Japan (1-1) fought back early in the fourth quarter to close to 58:52 on Stephanie Mawuli’s free throw before Nogic hit a jumper and Ivana Raca hit two free throws to restore a double-digit lead with 6:45 to go. Japan reduced their deficit to 67:62 with 33 seconds remaining, but Mawuli committed an offensive foul.

Anderson converted two free throws eight seconds later that sealed the win.

In other games on Friday, the US defeated Puerto Rico 106-42; China defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina 98-51 and Belgium defeated South Korea 84-61. Canada met France and Australia played Mali later on Friday.

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CHINA 98, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA 51

Han Xu scored 18 points and Li Meng added 17 to help China go unbeaten with a win over Bosnia and Herzegovina.

After a tight first quarter in which China (2-0) only led 26-21, the Asian nation took control with an 11-2 run to start the second. Han scored the final two points of the breakout. By the half, China turned 50-31.

The Chinese team beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 48-20 in the second half.

Connecticut Sun star Jonquel Jones led Bosnia and Herzegovina with 17 points and nine rebounds. She is playing with the team for the first time at a World Cup. Jones said afterwards that she had a long journey from Connecticut to get to Australia after the WNBA Finals. She flew from Connecticut to Atlanta to Los Angeles to Fiji to Sydney.

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“I’m tired, it was a lot of traveling after the championship was over,” she said.

UNITED STATES 106, BELGIUM 42

Shakira Austin scored 19 points, Kahleah Copper added 16 and the United States played a smothering defense to route Puerto Rico.

Alyssa Thomas added 11 points and six steals for the Americans (2-0) that forced Puerto Rico to 21 turnovers.

The USA took a 27-11 lead after a quarter as Thomas had 10 points and five steals in the first 10 minutes. The Americans denied nearly every shot Puerto Rico made and forced nine turnovers. In the second half, the USA kept up the pressure, keeping Puerto Rico without a point for most of the first five minutes of the period and leading 54-21 at halftime.

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Mya Hollingshed led Puerto Rico (1-1) by 10 points.

BELGIUM 84, SOUTH KOREA 61

Hind Ben Abdelkader scored 17 points and Julie Vanloo added 14 to help Belgium win their first tournament and defeat South Korea.

Julie Allemand recorded 13 points and eight assists as the Belgian Cats (1-1) lost to the USA in their opening game.

Belgium led 9-8 at the start of the first quarter before ending the quarter on a 17-4 run. The Belgian Cats extended the lead to 20 at halftime and never looked back.

Leeseul Kang scored 11 points and led South Korea 0-2.

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