U.S. Women Dominate France, 94-72

Brittney Griner leads Team USA with 17 points

The USA senior national team was dominating Friday during its 94-72 win over France in the quarterfinal of the FIBA World Championship in Istanbul.

Brittney Griner led the USA with 17 points. Tina Charles added 15 points. Lindsay Whalen added 13 points, making 6-of-7 from the floor. The USA was 41-of-58 from the field.

Next for head coach Geno Auriemma and the USA is Saturday's semifinal against Australia who eliminated Canada, 63-52, in the day's first quarterfinal game. Turkey plays Spain in the other semfinal.

Erin Phillips, the former Connecticut Sun guard, led the Aussies with 16 points. UConn freshman Kia Nurse had eight points in 21 minutes for Canada.

The USA, which is 9-0 all-time against Australia in World Championship play, has won 14 straight games in the event since losing to Russia in the semifinals in 2006.

Maya Moore's three-pointer got the USA started in a first quarter dominated primarily by Griner and Charles. Griner, the 6-8 center, scored nine of the USA's first 21 points as it built a 21-12 lead with 2:52 to play in the opening quarter. She also contributed to the early foul trouble that sent starting French center Helena Ciak to the bench.

Charles, the former UConn All-American and WNBA MVP with the Connecticut Sun, scored eight of the first 25 USA points.

Its first 20-point lead (42-21) came on a pair of free throws from Angel McCoughtry with 5:23 to play in the first half. Diana Taurasi, who had five assists in the first half, didn't take her first shot until 2:47 remained in the half. But her three-pointer gave the USA a 49-28 lead. Taurasi was 1 of 2 from the field in just over 18 minutes.

The USA shot 22 of 28 from the field in the first half to build its 53-28 lead. It also out-rebounded France, 21-6, in the half. The French had handed the USA its only loss during the its trip to the semifinals, coming back from 18 points down to win a preliminary game in Paris on Sept. 21.

UConn junior Breanna Stewart played 6:07 and was the only USA player not to score. Sandrine Gruda, the former Connecticut Sun center, led all scorers with 18 points for France.

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