The USA achieve a record number of points in the women’s basketball world championship


The USA set a record-breaking score at the Women’s Basketball World Cup on Monday when they defeated Korea 145-69 in Sydney.

It surpassed the tournament’s previous record of 143 set by Brazil in 1990 and the previous US record of 119 at that competition.

“It was huge, it was huge,” A’ja Wilson, who finished with 20 points and eight assists, said afterwards via USAB. “I think everyone scored and that’s the beauty of it.

“It comes from everyone, from one to twelve. It affects us all. And I think now that we have a full team it also feels a lot better and we’re starting to harmonize, we’re starting to click. But that’s huge, I don’t think I’ve ever been part of a team that can hit the basketball that crazy and get 145 points.

Brionna Jones scored the best for USA with 24 points from 12-14 shooting, while seven other players contributed with double-digit totals.

The big win also included US World Championship records for field goals and assists — 62 field goals surpassed the previous record of 47 and 36 assists surpassed 32 — with the entire team shooting 66% from the field.

“I think if you look at us and just know how talented we are but also just coming together, we play very, very well together,” Wilson said.

“And we’ve only been together for maybe a week, a few days. So it speaks volumes about where this team is going. But right now I think we’re really in a good place.”

The USA have now won 26 consecutive World Cup games, matching their 1994-2006 streak. They are still far short of the record streak of 56 consecutive victories set by the Soviet Union between 1959 and 1986.

The victory means the USA remain unbeaten after the first four games of the competition while Korea slips to 1-3.