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US women rout Australia in warm-up game

US women rout Australia in warm-up game

Maya Moore scored 16 points and Kara Lawson added 15 to help the U.S. women's national basketball team beat Australia 89-56 in an exhibition game Friday.
The U.S. was missing a number of key players for the upcoming women's basketball World Championships that begin Sept. 23 in the Czech Republic.
Sue Bird, Swin Cash and Angel McCoughtry were playing in the WNBA finals that begin Sunday. If that series goes five games it wouldn't finish until two days before the world championships start.
Candice Dupree and Cappie Pondexter also weren't at the game Friday night. Both were eliminated in the WNBA conference finals earlier this week and hadn't show up to camp yet.
While all five have a legitimate chance to be on the final roster for the Worlds, a bigger issue for the U.S. team is the health of center Sylvia Fowles, who had knee surgery last week to repair a torn meniscus. She's rehabbing the knee and is expected to arrive in Hartford on Saturday where she will be evaluated.
The Americans are already missing Candace Parker, who has been sidelined for the last few months with a separated shoulder. Parker and Fowles were the only returning post players from the 2008 Olympic team.
The lack of size up front was a concern for U.S. coach Geno Auriemma.
Australia was missing star Lauren Jackson, who recently earned WNBA MVP honors for the Seattle Storm and is in the WNBA finals, The Aussies still had a big front line that included 2.00-meter (6-foot-8) Elizabeth Cambage. The 19-year-old scored the Aussies' first six points with two nifty post moves and two free throws. She finished the game with 18 to lead the Australians.
Cambage was the Aussies only consistent offense in the first quarter as the Americans built a 26-16 lead by the end of the period.
Australia cut its deficit to 31-22 on consecutive 3-pointers by Hollie Grima, but the U.S. answered with 15 straight points, the last five by Moore.
Australia will play Spain in an exhibition game on Saturday and the U.S. will play the Spaniards on Sunday.
All three teams head to Spain to play another series of exhibition games next weekend before going to the Czech Republic.


Updated : 2021-05-06 15:41 GMT+08:00