SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Li Yueru scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as China spoiled Puerto Rico’s Olympic debut in women’s basketball Tuesday night with a 97-55 rout.
China, which won silver in the 1992 Barcelona Games and is in its ninth Olympics, had little issue dominating Puerto Rico from the opening tip.
The Chinese never trailed and led 32-17 at the end of the first quarter after hitting 9 of 18 shots. They took their biggest lead at 53-26 after the second even with coach Xu Limin wearing a walking boot on his left foot and needing a wheelchair to leave the court for the locker room at halftime.
China padded the lead for a 71-39 edge after the third quarter on its way to the opening victory.