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Bolton near perfect in rout of Ukraine

Too bad the U.S. women's basketball team won't be playing any more games at Morehouse College. The Americans, and Ruthie Bolton in particular, were just getting used to the place.

Bolton hit her first five shots and scored 21 points Tuesday as the United States dominated from the start and overwhelmed Ukraine 98-65.

It was the second straight impressive victory for the Americans and sends them to the Georgia Dome for the rest of the games with no tarnish on their image as the favorite.

"I liked how we started," U.S. coach Tara VanDerveer said. "We played aggressively, I was impressed with the defensive effort and we did a good job of getting the ball inside and getting them in foul trouble. Ruthie really got untracked."

Did she ever.

Bolton went 4-for-4 in the first half with two three-pointers and scored 11 points during a 2:19 stretch early in the second half to squelch any Ukraine hope of getting back into the game.

Bolton finished 7-for-10 from the field. She also had four rebounds _ all in the first 3{ minutes _ and made three steals.

Sheryl Swoopes had 11 points and seven assists. Teresa Edwards continued to confuse opponents with her open-court dribbling. Lisa Leslie had nine rebounds, helping the United States to a 38-23 advantage.

Thursday the Americans will play Zaire, which lost to Ukraine by 16 in the opener. The Americans probably will have to wait for Russia or Brazil; both were undefeated before they met Tuesday night.

In other action Tuesday, Japan edged China by containing 6-foot-8 Zheng Haixia in the second half for a 75-72 victory; Brazil was led by 36-year-old Hortencia Oliva's 20 points in an 82-68 win over Russia; Italy edged Canada 59-54 behind three-point shooting; Cuba beat South Korea 70-55; and Australia doubled up Zaire 91-45.