RIO DE JANEIRO (Rio 2016 Olympic Games) - China earned their first win of the Women's Olympic Basketball Tournament on Monday night when they beat Senegal, 101-64.
The African champions put up a dogged fight, keeping the game close for the first quarter and a half but once China pulled away, there was nothing that could be done to stop them.
Stats Don't Lie: China joined the USA as the only other team to score 100 or more points in a game but impressively did so despite shooting just 18-of-31 (58 percent) from the free-throw line.
Hero: Sun Mengran and Shao Ting had 17 points apiece to lead all scorers and kept Senegal on their heels by mixing their offense up, scoring down low, on drives, from three-point range and combining to hit 10-of-15 (66 percent) free-throws.
The Bottom Line: China will look to build on this encouraging performance and be ready to face Spain - who have the same 1-1 record - on Wednesday. As for Senegal, their next opponents are Americas champions Canada, who overcame an 18-point deficit to beat European champions Serbia. No easy task then for Moustapha Gaye's charges.