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Leslie perfect as U.S. routs Mali in women's hoops

BEIJING — Lisa Leslie set a U.S. Olympic record by going 7-for-7 from the field as the women's basketball team continued its unblemished run through the Beijing Games with a 97-41 victory against Mali on Wednesday.

Leslie finished with 16 points as the U.S. has now won 28 straight Olympic contests. The last loss was to the Unified Team in the semifinals of the 1992 Barcelona Games. The Americans have run over their first three opponents winning by an average of 47 points. They routed the Czech Republic, China, and now Mali.

The Americans play Spain next on Friday.

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