LONDON (AP) -- Angel McCoughtry and the U.S. Olympic women’s team’s depth wore down Turkey.
McCoughtry scored 18 points and Tina Charles added 16 to help the Americans beat the Turkey 89-58 Wednesday night.
Turkey entered the game undefeated and were expected to give the Americans their toughest test in the Olympics so far. The Turks had looked impressive in their first Olympic appearance and said they weren’t intimidated by the top-ranked team in the world despite the U.S. winning its first two games by an average of 38.5 points.
The Turks stayed close for a while. They had an early one-point lead in the first quarter before McCoughtry helped the Americans build a 15-point advantage by the half.
Turkey didn’t waiver, coming within 50-45 in the third quarter before McCoughtry and the reserves put the game away.
Her three-point play started a 13-2 run. On the Americans’ next possession she missed a 3-pointer, but hustled for the offensive rebound and found Maya Moore for an easy lay-in.
Lindsay Whalen then took over, scoring six of the final eight points during the burst to make it 63-47 after three quarters much to the delight of LeBron James, who was in attendance along with some of the other men’s Olympic team.
The Turks could get no closer in the fourth quarter. Former VCU star Quanitra Hollingsworth led Turkey (2-1) with 11 points. She was born in American, but became a naturalized to play for Turkey in May. Birsel Vardarli also had 11 points for the Turks.
Coach Geno Auriemma has said the U.S.’ depth would be key to its success. The Americans played without center Sylvia Fowles for the second straight game because she was resting a sore left foot. She also sat out the team’s 52-point win over Angola on Monday night.
The Turks have played well in their first Olympics with wins over Angola and the Czech Republic. They had hung with the Americans for three quarters of an exhibition game in Istanbul last month before the U.S. pulled away to a 19-point victory.
They had a tougher time on Wednesday against the U.S., which now has won its last 36 games in the Olympics and is attempting to win a fifth consecutive gold medal.
Next up for the U.S. on Friday is the Czech Republic, which beat Croatia 89-70 for its first win.
London mayor gets
stuck on zip wire
LONDON (AP) -- Some are calling it the best moment at the Olympics so far: London Mayor Boris Johnson stuck on a zip wire.
Crowds who gathered at a London park to watch the games on live screens and enjoy a fun fair were delighted Wednesday when the mayor provided a comic sideshow.
Johnson was trying out a zip line that was 45 meters (148 feet) high and 320 meters (1,050 feet) long at east London’s Victoria Park. It was an unlucky first time: The portly mayor lost momentum about three-quarters of the way across, leaving him dangling from his harness about 10 meters (33 feet) above ground for a few minutes.
"Can you get me a rope? Get me a rope, okay?" he was heard shouting good-humoredly in a video posted to the ITV News website.
Highlights of Day 5
of the London Olympics
* Nathan Adrian made a name for himself by winning the 100-meter freestyle, lunging to the wall to edge James "The Missile" Magnussen by one-hundredth of a second -- the slightest margin possible -- to again deny Australia its first individual swimming gold.
* Seventeen-year-old Missy Franklin won her second gold, swimming the leadoff leg of the 4x200 freestyle relay. Allison Schmitt and Dana Vollmer also got their second golds, and rounding out the relay team was Shannon Vreeland.
* American Kristin Armstrong defended her title in the women’s time trial, beating Judith Arndt of Germany by more than 15 seconds to get the gold.
* Serena Williams routed No. 13 seed Vera Zvonareva, while Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka and Kim Clijsters also advanced. Venus Williams was eliminated in the singles competition by No. 7-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany but still has a shot at a gold with sister Serena in doubles. On the men’s side, Britain’s Andy Murray outlasted Marcos Baghdatis, Novak Djokovic beat Lleyton Hewitt, and Roger Federer won.