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US women use balanced attack for 2nd rout, beat Spain 103-63

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The game started fairly close, with the USA only leading by 17 at the midway point following a competitive second quarter. "You just have to have a wonderful game on your side and they have to be, I don't know, sick".

Sue Bird wouldn't let Spain get any closer. While this win didn't come in the same record fashion the USA opened the Olympics with when it beat Senegal by 65 points, the Americans coasted after the first few minutes.

The combination of Elena Delle Donne, and Team USA's overall depth proved to be the difference in their 103-63 victory over Spain. They also broke the largest margin of victory in US history which had been a 60-point win over Zaire in 1996.

"That's the pressure we can put on teams, everybody we bring in off the bench can score and make a play".

Spain happened to be that troubled team on Monday. Delle Donne was in the middle of it. Taurasi swished her early 3-pointers as the United States raced to a 27-5 lead.

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"When we move the ball like that and the ball doesn't get stuck and the defense has to guard us at all five spots on the floor, that's just a tough task for anybody", USA coach Geno Auriemma said.

Spain fought just to stay within 20 in the second quarter, thanks in part to the play of guard Leticia Romero, who stars at Florida State. She's unquestionably been the team's best player and finished with 10 points. Fowles continued to pack the paint, finishing with 12 points, and Tina Charles caught a spark as well after playing just five minutes in the first half. Bird has found cutters off steals and fast breaks and Taurasi, who ranks fourth in the WNBA in turnovers, has been able to surrender some of her ball-handling duties and play to her strengths shooting from three-point range.

The U.S. was nowhere as crisp as it was in the opening rout of Senegal, and Spain had a lot to do with that. In Sunday's win over Senegal, the crowd was behind the underdogs shouting down any American cheers.

They also won their 42nd straight Olympic game, easily handling an African nation still looking for its first victory in its second Olympics.

Alba Torrens, who led Spain with 20 points, added, "There is nearly nothing impossible". So playing against the US, who's been here every Olympics and world champions and last Olympic gold medalists, what can you expect more?

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