Aces’ A’ja Wilson, Kelsey Plum intent on world domination

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After helping the Las Vegas Aces to their first WNBA title, A’ja Wilson and Kelsey Plum are continuing their domination, this time on a global scale.

Team USA set a scoring record Monday at the FIBA World Cup, beating South Korea 145-69 and breaking the previous FIBA record of 143 points set by Brazil in 1990. Next up, the squad faces Serbia at 10 p.m. ET Wednesday to start the knockout round.

Eight of the squad’s 12 players are averaging double figures during the World Cup, and
Wilson and Plum are at the top of the list.

Through the group phase, Wilson is averaging 18 points per game, while Plum is averaging 15.7. Aces teammate and WNBA Finals MVP Chelsea Gray sits at sixth on the list with 11.0, while Brionna Jones of the Sun (15.3), Breanna Stewart of the Storm (14.8) and Shakira Austin of the Mystics (13.5) round out Team USA’s top scorers.

The WNBA MVP arrived just 18 hours before her team took on China – Team USA’s third game of the group stage – but contributed 20 points despite not knowing any of the offensive schemes.

“I don’t know how I’m doing it,” Wilson told reporters Saturday. “You just put things aside. … It’s like riding a bike. I am exhausted, I’m not going to lie about it.”

She followed that performance with 20 points against South Korea, then 14 against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Plum scored 8 points against China, also her first game of the World Cup, but saw her numbers soar in the next two contests.

She scored 19 points against South Korea, then finished group play with a team-high 20 points against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Team USA went 5-0 in the group stage, defeating Belgium, Puerto Rico, China, South Korea and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The quarterfinal contest against Serbia will air at 10 p.m. ET Wednesday on ESPNU and ESPN+.