U.S. women cruise past Spain to retain world title

Istanbul, Turkey (SportsNetwork.com) - Maya Moore had 16 of her 18 points in the first half and the United States cruised past Spain, 77-64, in the finals of the women's world championship.

Lindsay Whalen netted 12 points, Brittney Griner posted 11 points and Seimone Augustus and Tina Charles each added 10 points for the Americans, who won their fourth title in five appearances at the event.

Sancho Lyttle posted 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead Spain, which beat host Turkey in the semifinals to secure its first-ever trip to the championship game.

Moore scored eight quick points as the USA raced out to a 15-5 advantage. The Americans led 48-29 at the break and 67-48 entering the final frame.