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USA vs. France 2016 final score: 3 things we learned from Elena Delle Donne’s return to Delaware

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After struggling in its first exhibition game, Team USA dominated Team France.

USA Select Team v United States Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

A rematch of the 2012 gold medal game ended similarly with Team USA on top 84-62 over Team France.

Tina Charles scored a game-high 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting and Maya Moore added 13 points and five rebounds. In her return to the University of Delaware, where the game was played, Elena Delle Donne scored 10 points.

The ball moved with more of a focus on the perimeter in the first half than in the team’s first exhibition game, with Brittney Griner playing just three minutes. Team USA took nine 3-point attempts and made three in the opening 20 minutes after taking just 14 in its last game. Moore led the way with six points and five rebounds and Charles had nine points and four rebounds, but a sloppy first two quarters with seven turnovers on six steals saw Team USA take just a one-point lead into the half.

The second half had a much more fluid feel with Charles dominating the mid-range game in the opening minutes. Moore continued a steady flow of points as well, but Team USA went off on its biggest run when her three teammates ran the floor. The Minnesota Lynx connection was apparent as Lindsay Whalen and Seimone Augustus found Sylvia Fowles in the paint en route to an unanswered 12-0 third-quarter run.

A late Tamika Catchings layup put all 12 Americans on the board and the team never looked back, blowing the lead open to as many as 26 in the fourth.

Team USA will travel to Connecticut next to take on Team Canada on Friday.

Maya Moore is this team’s go-to scorer

Four years after being the youngest player on Team USA, Moore has taken over as probably the best player in the world, and definitely the top playmaking option for her team. Moore dictated the game’s pace off the dribble, coming away with 13 points, five rebounds and three assists.

Tina Charles is continuing to add to her MVP-caliber season

The WNBA’s leading scorer and rebounder on an overachieving New York Liberty team was money just outside the paint, lifting her team to an early third-quarter lead. Aggressive on both ends of the floor, she finished with a game-high 17 points and five rebounds.

Calm down, this team is figuring it out

After three unimpressive halves that saw Team USA nearly lose to the Select Team and struggle to hold on to the ball against France, the American team looked itself. They outscored the French 52-31 in the second half, moving the ball much better, especially into the post. Sylvia Fowles was able to show more of her passing ability on touches near the rim and Tina Charles had space to work her inside-out game. Just two games and two practices in, Team USA is much improved.

Also Brittney Griner did this (as she often does)