After winning in their first three games, Asian champions China were tipped to win on Friday night, but Turkey spoiled their bid as they dismantled the Chinese squad, 82-55, in day four of the 2012 London Olympics women’s basketball.
Nevriye Yilmaz had an outstanding night as she finished with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Esmeral Tuncluer added 12 points and four assists.
Naturalized center Quanitra Hollingsworth also had a share of the spotlight, finishing with 10 points and 11 rebounds in just 19 minutes, while Isil Alben and Bahar Caglar added 11 points apiece for Turkey, who led from start to finish.
Knowing that they will clinch a spot to the next round with a win, Turkey came out playing with a lot of sense of urgency, racing to a comfortable 26-13 lead at the end of the opening period.
China managed to withstand the Turkish squad in the next two periods to keep themselves within striking distance, but Turkey slammed the door for them in the final period.
Turkey, who qualified in 2012 London Games through the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, outscored China in the final period 23-12 en route to the huge dominating victory thus booking a spot in the knockout stages.
With their 3-1 record and a lighter road ahead of them in their final game against Croatia, Turkey now sits on the second spot in Group A behind undefeated Team USA, who defeated them 89-58 on Wednesday.
Nan Chen was the lone bright spot for the Chinese squad, finishing with 19 points and eight rebounds.
China, who dropped to 3-1, will have Team USA as their final preliminary round opponent on Sunday.