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U.S. women's basketball team blows past China

August 11, 2008 |  9:39 am

Tina Thompson celebrates with teammates during the U.S. women's 108-63 victory over China.

The U.S. women's Olympic basketball team closed out the first quarter against the Chinese national team with a 23-0 run on Monday while on its way to a 108-63 blowout victory.

Here's a link to the game story that the Los Angeles Times published online.

And here are some quotes from the coach and a key player, courtesy of USA Basketball.

U.S. head coach Anne Donovan:

“We knew that the Chinese fans were going to be loud and strong as they were last night with the men’s game. So we were excited to come in and feel that energy in Wukesong, and it was not disappointing. I’m really happy that we started the game stronger than we did against the Czechs. I thought that we set tempo very quickly and followed through for the 40 minutes. So, I’m pleased with the effort.”

U.S. forward Tina Thompson, who scored 27 points:

“I think it was a hard fought game. Very exciting. The Chinese crowd was awesome, as usual. I was extremely proud of our team’s defense. We came out, and we set the tone. We were very aggressive and that kind of created good offensive opportunities for us.”

-- Greg Johnson

Photo: From left, Tina Thompson celebrates with Diana Taurasi, Kara Lawson, and Tamika Catchings during the U.S. women's 108-63 victory over China at the Beijing Games on Monday. Credit: Bob Donnan / US PRESSWIRE