LONDON — Another game, another blowout for the U.S. women's basketball team — not that the score matters to them.
That sounds like the right thing to say after Candace Parker had 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead the U.S. to a 90-38 rout of Angola on Monday night.
But the Americans aren't just being politically correct.
They know they are still a work in progress, having only been together training for two weeks, and are going to play some tough games during the tournament.
"The goal is to continue to get better every game and I think that was what we did" against Angola, Parker said. "I think we're continuing to work on things that no matter what the scoreboard can help us down the line."
The game against Angola was expected to be an easy romp — and it was — with the U.S. overwhelming the Olympic newcomer.
"It's definitely about ourselves," said U.S. guard Sue Bird. "That's how coach (Geno) Auriemma coaches in college. It's his philosophy. Never about how much you win by or lose by, it's how we played. Especially in a game like tonight where going in we kind of had a feeling it might be like this. Not to play to the score, not to relax.
"This is an opportunity for us to play together and we need to take advantage of every opportunity we get."
Parker finished with her second double-double of the tournament. She is averaging 12.5 points and 12.5 rebounds.
The Americans (2-0) have won their last 35 straight games in the Olympics and four consecutive gold medals while Angola is looking for its first victory. The team lost its opener to Turkey by 22 points, meaning African nations have only won one of their 25 games in the Olympics since Congo — formerly known as Zaire — first qualified in the 1996 Atlanta Games.
There was a familiar sister act at Wimbledon on Monday, with Serena and Venus Williams each advancing in the singles tournament, then combining for a doubles win.
Other major champions to advance in singles included Roger Federer, Lleyton Hewitt, top-seeded Victoria Azarenka, Kim Clijsters, Petra Kvitova, Ana Ivanovic and three-time Wimbledon runner-up Andy Roddick.
Venus Williams waited an extra day because of rain to begin her bid for a record fourth gold medal in Olympic tennis, then defeated recent French Open runner-up Sara Errani of Italy 6-3, 6-1. Serena completed a July sweep of Poland's Radwanska sisters by beating Urszula in the second round, 6-2, 6-3. She defeated Radwanska's sister, Agnieszka, in the Wimbledon final this month. Federer also reached the third round, beating Julien Benneteau of France 6-2, 6-2.
"What a good day for fans between me, Venus, Roger and all the other players," Serena Williams said. "It's really such a great experience."
Light heavyweight Damien Hooper rallied from a third-round deficit for a 13-11 victory over Marcus Browne, handing the U.S. team its first loss in London after a 4-0 start.
Hooper and Browne put on perhaps the best three minutes of the day after both fighters cautiously fought the first two rounds. The Australian raised his aggression in the third to overwhelm Browne, a Staten Island, N.Y., product.
In the afternoon session, Jordan's first Olympic boxer, Ihab Almatbouli, won his opening bout, while Afghanistan's first Olympic boxer, flyweight Ajmal Faisal, was eliminated in the evening. Cuban teenager Robeisy Ramirez and Iranian light heavyweight Ehsan Rouzbahani also advanced.
Light heavyweight Oleksandr Gvozdyk earned the powerful Ukrainian team's first victory in London, forcing a standing-eight count for Belarus' Mikhail Dauhaliavets midway through an 18-10 decision.
The U.S. women's team beat Brazil in an early rematch of the Beijing Games final.
Destinee Hooker had 23 points and Jordan Larson added 18 for the top-ranked Americans, who won 25-18, 25-17, 22-25, 25-21 to improve to 2-0 in pool play at Earls Court.
Sheilla Castro had 15 points for No. 2 Brazil, which was energized after a third-set victory but lost on Logan Tom's floater in the fourth set.
The American women have never won an Olympic gold medal in volleyball.
China, South Korea, Russia and Italy also posted four-set victories, and Britain edged Algeria in five.
Two-time gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings earned their 16th consecutive Olympic victory, beating the Czech Republic in straight sets.
It was May-Treanor's 35th birthday when the match started, but because of TV schedules and a long match earlier in the session, it ended shortly after midnight Tuesday.
Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal lost to Poland in pool play, the first setback for the American men or women in beach volleyball at the games.
Zara Phillips, Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter, raced through the difficult and dangerous cross-country portion of her first Olympic equestrian eventing competition, finishing clean and well under the pace time.
Princes William and Harry watched her from the main equestrian arena, joined by William's wife, Kate, and Camilla, the wife of Prince Charles. Seated alongside them were Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, the daughters of Prince Andrew.
Phillips' mother, Princess Anne, watched from the grounds of the twisty, hilly 3.5-mile course dotted with 28 obstacles.
Several of the riders who fell wore protective vests that inflated much like airbags upon impact. One of them, Hawley Bennett-Awad of Canada, was in the hospital under observation for a concussion and fracture to a bone at the base of the spine. There were no other serious injuries reported among the other fallen riders or horses.
This was quite the Olympic debut for Maggie Steffens, who scored seven goals to lead the U.S. women's team to a 14-13 victory over Hungary.
Despite a team full of veterans, it was the 19-year-old Steffens who led the way with sharp shooting from outside for the Americans, who are looking to win their first gold in the event.
Russia spoiled Britain's Olympic debut in women's water polo, getting a late breakaway goal from Evgeniya Ivanova in a 7-6 victory. Spain and Australia also won their matches.
China is dominating the diving boards — again.
Cao Yuan and Zhang Yanquan totaled 486.78 points in the men's 10-meter synchronized platform, giving the country its second gold medal in the sport at the games.
German Sanchez and Ivan Garcia of Mexico had the highest degree of difficulty in the competition and it paid off with the silver.
Nick McCrory and David Boudia of the U.S. took the bronze with 463.47. The Americans are 2 for 2 after Abby Johnston and Kelci Bryant earned a silver in 3-meter synchro springboard Sunday, ending a 12-year medal drought.
Britain's Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield led through the first three rounds, but botched their fourth dive and finished fourth.
Australia was strong in the men's four at the rowing regatta, setting one of two Olympic-best times on a sunny final day of heat racing.
Britain, which has won this event at the last three games and is also the world champion, won the second heat and United States took the third heat.
Earlier, Britain's Katherine Grainger's quest for an elusive Olympic gold got off to a perfect start when she broke the Olympic best in the women's double sculls with partner Anna Watkins in the first heat.
Kim Un Guk won North Korea's second weightlifting gold medal at the London Games, setting a world record total of 327 kilograms in the men's 62-kilogram division, and Li Xueying grabbed China's second weightlifting gold in the women's 58-kilogram category.
China's men and women are on track to sweep the gold medals in Olympic table tennis singles.
Defending world champion Zhang Jike and teammate Wang Hao, the silver medalist at the last two Olympics, reached the men's quarterfinals Monday. For the women, top seeds Ding Ning and Li Xiaoxia are in position for a scrap over the gold medal.