Thompson Keys 23-0 Run as U.S. Women Rout China
Byline: Associated Press
BEIJING The U.S. womens basketball team quickly dashed any hopes China had of an upset, avenging a loss in April with the second American drubbing of the Chinese in as many nights.
Tina Thompson scored 13 of her 27 points during a 23-0 run in the first quarter, and the U.S. routed China 108-63 on Monday night, taking the boisterous crowd out of the game early.
"We were really locked in and focused," U.S. co-captain Katie Smith said. "We didnt want to let them stick around. We wanted to let the crowd know that we were ready to play. You dont want to play around with teams, if you have a chance to make a statement and put them away early you do that."
Trailing by 1 midway through the first quarter, Thompson took over. She made two 3-pointers, a jumper from the corner, 2 layups and 3 free throws during the spurt.
"I just got good looks at the basket tonight," Thompson said. "It was the first time they werent doubling the post."
By the time Kobe Bryant and the rest of the mens team settled into their seats at the end of the first quarter, the U. …