SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Diana Taurasi had 28 points and Tina
Thompson added 15 to lead the U.S. to a 99-59 win over host Brazil
on Saturday to capture the bronze medal at the FIBA Women's World
Taurasi, who hit six 3-pointers in the game, had 18 points in
the third quarter as the Americans outscored the Brazilians 34-11
to break open what had been a 15-point game at halftime.
On Thursday, Russia stunned the two-time defending champion U.S.
75-68 in the semifinals. That defeat ended a 51-game winning streak
in World Championships and Olympics.
"We had to prove to ourselves that we could play better than we
did against Russia," Taurasi said. "We lost some of our pride in
that game, but we managed to recover it today."
Tamika Catchings had 11 points and eight rebounds for the U.S.
squad against Brazil.
"The Americans played a perfect game," said Brazil's Janeth Arcain. "Our coaches told us that each team would have
one great game and one horrible game. Their horrible game was
against Russia and their great game was against us."