London, England – Nevriye Yilmaz scored 16 points and Esmeral Tuncluer added 12, leading Turkey to an 82-55 thumping of China in the women's basketball tournament.
Turkey never trailed and improved to 3-1 in Group A to wrap up a spot in the quarterfinals. The Turks were coming off an 89-58 loss to the United States and will close preliminary round play Sunday against Croatia.
Chen Nan scored 19 points and was the lone Chinese player to reach double figures in the blowout. China had already qualified for the quarterfinals after winning each of its first three games and will play the U.S. in its round-robin finale on Sunday.
The game was tied once in the early going, but Turkey created some distance by scoring the final 12 points of the first quarter to grab a 26-13 advantage. A pair of three-pointers to start the second quickly extended the margin to 19 and the Turks held a 39-27 cushion at the break.
China never made a serious threat in the second half and trailed by as many as 28.