Americans (3-0) lean on Diana Taurasi's 25 points, beat Serbia

Ross Houston
August 11, 2016

Serbia gave the U.S. their toughest battle thus far in the Olympic Tournament.

Diana Taurasi helped lead the United States women's basketball team past Serbia 110-84 Wednesday in Rio. That's when Taurasi took over and scored 11 of the Americans' next 13 points. She broke the mark early in the third quarter and finished the game with six 3's to set a new U.S. Olympic mark.

Breanna Stewart scored 17 points and Tina Charles added 15 points and eight rebounds for the U.S. women, who matched Group A leader Australia with the best Rio record at 3-0.

Making their first appearance in the Olympics since becoming an independent nation from Yugoslavia, Serbia was able to keep it closer than either of the previous two US opponents.

The second quarter turned out to be a three-point party, as players from both teams were invited.

The game proved to be much closer for the now 3-0 Americans after beating their first two opponents by an average of 52.5 points, including a record margin of 65 against Senegal in their opening 121-56 victory. By halftime they led 22 with Taurasi leading all scorers with 22 points.

Serbia's bench headed to the floor, as Team USA tighten up their defense in the fourth quarter. They received big performances from Sonja Petrovic, Jelena Milovanovic, and Danielle Page, who each scored 15 points.

With five players in double digits, Breanna Stewart, Tina Charles, Angel McCoughtry, Moore and Taurasi had a combined 80-points.

The U.S. (3-0) has been scoring at a record pace, topping 100 points for the third consecutive game.

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