FIBA World Cup Live Day 2

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Twelve of the world's best teams have descended on Sydney for 10 high-octane days of basketball action with the Opals looking to add their 2006 World Cup gold with a second in front of a home crowd.

On Day 2, expect to see some fiery and exciting clashes with Australia opening their account against France, while the USA take on Belgium.

Read on for the day's schedule and results.


Puerto Rico 42-106 United States

The United States made it two from two with a crushing victory over Puerto Rico on Thursday morning.


Stewart sets up Loyd for an and-1 bucket

Breanna Stewart passes to Jewell Loyd who takes the bump and gets the bucket for the and-1 for Team USA.


Austin swats this shot out of bounds

Shakira Austin comes up with a huge rejection to shut down this possession by Puerto Rico.

Serbia 69-64 Japan

Serbia bounced back from Thursday's loss to Canada, downing Japan in a keenly-fought battle at the Sydney SuperDome.

After trouncing Mali 24 hours earlier, Japan found the going much tougher against the European heavyweights.

Belgium 84-61 Korea

Belgium pushed the U.S. all the way on Thursday and they underlined their quality with a comfortable 23-point victory over Korea to level their ledger at 1-1.

After a heavy defeat to China, Korea are now 0-2 for the tournament.

China 98-51 Bosnia and Herzegovnia

China was clinical against Bosnia and Herzegovina, streaking away after a tight first quarter to post a 47-point win. The match was in the balance after one quarter with China leading 26-21, but they allowed just 30 points for the rest of the match in a dominant performance.

China shot at 54.1% from the field to Bosnia and Herzogovina 32.8%, while from deep, China hit 36.7% of their three-point attempts.

France 45-59 Canada

It was a hot start which helped lift Canada to their 15-point win over France on Friday evening.

The Canadians managed to hold the French to just nine and eight points in the first and second quarters, and France really struggled from deep, shooting just 3/19 from three-point range.

Mali 58-118 Australia


Australia have shaken off their shooting woes to post a dominant 118-58 win over Mali that has their FIBA Women's World Cup campaign back on track.

The Opals are now 1-1 and likely need to win at least two of their last three games to guarantee a quarter-finals berth.

The enormity of Friday's win at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney could also prove vital, given for-and-against may prove the difference between making it through the competitive Group B and leaving the tournament early.

The lowest-ranked side at the tournament, Mali only worried the Opals in the opening exchanges, racing out to a surprise 10-2 lead as the hosts struggled for both energy and accuracy.

But the Africans were prone to fouling and the hosts punished them from the stripe. Eight separate players sunk free-throws, contributing 20 points to the Aussie total.

The Opals were especially prolific from beyond the three-point line, shooting at 55 per cent.

Australia managed to shoot only 26.1 per cent accuracy from the field against France but improved that stat to 56, with seven Opals scoring over 10 points.

In defence, they used their size advantage to frazzle Mali, who never rediscovered their early mojo.

In her second game back for the Opals, basketball legend Lauren Jackson helped steady the ship after Mali's early surge.

Jackson and fellow tall Marianna Tolo each sunk a pair of free-throws shortly after being injected into the contest but once the Opals had built an unassailable lead, the 41-year-old was given an early mark.

Coach Sandy Brondello had plenty of strike across the court without her.

Young gun Ezi Magbegor stood up with 15 points after a quiet showing against France, while Cayla George and Tess Madgen went into entertainer mode with four triples each.

Australia's win lifts them into the logjam in the middle of Group B. Four of the pool's six sides have started the tournament with a win and a loss.

All six have a rest day on Saturday but the Opals will face Serbia in their next assignment the following evening.

At close of play after day two, only China, Canada and the USA remain undefeated.

Canada posted a gritty 59-45 defeat of France to move a game clear atop Group B and close in on a spot in the knockout phase.

The USA brought Puerto Rico back to earth with a 106-42 thrashing that set the stage for Saturday's heavyweight tussle with China.

Serbia lost two of their biggest stars to retirement in the months before the World Cup but opened their account with a 69-64 win against reigning Olympic silver medallists Japan.