Brazil Completes 2013 FIBA Americas First Round Sweep With 97-45 Rout Of Mexico

Brazil postBrazil have already clinched the top spot in Group A and a spot in the semifinals, but they did not slow down in the final day of the first round of the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship for Women.

The defending champions displayed their deadly form anew as they scored an impressive 97-45 romp host Mexico on Wednesday night in Xalapa, Mexico.

Egged on by the partisan crowd in Xalapa, the Mexicans had a promising start but Brazil quickly got into their rhythm and build a 23-14 lead after the first period.

The Brazilian squad then stepped on the gas on the defensive end of the floor in the second period, tallying total of seven steals and had 17 fastbreak points. Brazil led by as much as 17 points before ending the half with a 48-32 advantage.

The second half followed the same storyline as the first half as Brazil continued to pound on the Mexicans on both ends of the floor en route to the dominating 52-point victory.

Patricia Texeira led five double-digit scorers for Brazil with 15 points to go along with five assists, Tatiane Pacheco added 14 points. Damiris Dantas Do Amaral and Nadia Gomes Colhado added 12 points apiece, while Clarissa Dos Santos had a double-double performance with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Brazil, which ruled the last two editions of the FIBA Americas, will look to advance to the finals when they take on Cuba in the semifinals on Friday. Canada, which also went undefeated in their first four games this season, will face Puerto Rico in the other semi-final pairing.

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