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Paralympic sports - 13. September 2008.

FIBA/IWBF – USA beat Brazil to stay perfect in women’s wheelchair basketball

BEIJING (Paralympics Women) - Team USA remained unbeaten with a romp over Brazil and the Netherlands defeated China on Thursday - the final day of women’s wheelchair basketball event preliminary games in Beijing.

Here is a look at the day’s play.

Team USA won its fourth consecutive preliminary game with a 68-38 mauling of Brazil in Pool A. The north Americans tallied 42 points in the paint and also came up with 17 steals.

The United States scored 26 points off 27 Brazilian turnovers.

Guard Jen Ruddell and forward Carlee Hoffman led the US scoring drive with 16 points and 15 points, respectively.

“Finishing pool play undefeated was definitely one of our goals, but it’s just one step and now we have to move on to our next game,” said Hoffman.

“We feel we’ve gotten better with each game we’ve played here and to come out today and really take it to Brazil is just more momentum for us to build on as we go into the quarterfinals.”

Brazil finished its preliminary games with a record of 0-4.

Germany got 16 points from center Marina Mohnen in a 50-44 win over Great Britain in Pool A.

Canada secured second place in pool B with an easy 71-38 win over Mexico. Janet Mclachlan scored a game-high 15 points, while three-time gold medalists Chantal Benoit and Misty Thomas added 14 and 12 points, respectively.

The Netherlands blew away China, 51-35.

Dutch center Elsbeth van Oostrom led the Dutch to a second win with a game-high 23 points and added eight rebounds.

China were their own worst enemy, turning the ball over 25 times. Inge Huitzing and Cher Korver each scored 13 points for the Netherlands.


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