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Canadian women open Olympics by dominating China 90-68

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) " Tamara Tatham scored 20 points and hit all four of her 3-pointers as Canada beat China 90-68 Saturday, the first day of Olympic women's group play.

Lizanne Murphy added 12 points, Miah-Marie Langlois had 11 and Miranda Ayim 10. Canada shot very well from outside, hitting 10 of 15 (67 percent).

Xiaojia Chen opened the game with a 3-pointer for China and finished with 12 points. Nan Chen scored 13 points.

Canada answered with the next six points and never trailed again as the Canadians led 37-27 at halftime. The Canadians built that lead to as much as 53-38 on a pair of free throws by guard Kia Nurse, a junior at UConn, before running away from China in the fourth quarter.

Tatham's 3-pointer pushed the lead to 20, and Canada led by as much as 24 in the fourth, during which fans started doing the wave.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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