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Last Updated: Saturday, 14 August, 2004, 14:55 GMT 15:55 UK
US women start strongly
Swin Cash
Cash led the US point scorers
The USA overcame a slow start to crush New Zealand 99-47 as the women's Olympic basketball got underway.

Swin Cash scored 19 points and four other players registered double-figure scores as the tournament favourites opened in style.

Lauren Jackson scored 27 points as Australia battled past Nigeria 85-73.

China beat Asian rivals South Korea 71-54 while Brazil thrashed Japan 128-62, and hosts Greece were edged 69-62 in a hard-fought match with Russia.

Spain defeated the Czech Republic 80-78 after a late comback.





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