The United States national team wasn't about to take winless Argentina lightly, not when one loss would end its hopes at the FIBA U-19 world championships.
South Carolina sophomore A'ja Wilson led five players in double figures with 18 points as Team USA advanced to the quarterfinals with an 89-39 rout of Argentina in Vidnoje, Russia.
Team USA (4-0) will take on Canada on Friday.
"First and foremost, we have to get our players to realize that we’re not going to skate through this tournament," Team USA and South Carolina coach Dawn Staley said. "We're going to be challenged somewhere down the line. So we can't led our guard down. We have to make sure that we're focused. We’ve done a tremendous job at putting things in place for our team to be successful.
"Then you have to turn the page and look at how Canada has gotten better and better since the first time we played them in Spain. We're going to look for them to come out, they're going to play 40 minutes of hard-nosed, tough basketball. For us, we have to continue to do what we've done throughout the tournament and that’s use our bigs, keep sharing the basketball and our three-quarter court press has been tremendous for us."
UConn freshman Napheesa Collier added 11 points (5 for 8 shooting) and nine rebounds as did Notre Dame freshman Ali Patberg. Duke sophomore Azura Stevens and Louisville sophomore Mariya Moore also chipped in 11 points apiece. UConn Class of 2016 commit Crystal Dangerfield was 3-for-4 from the floor for six points and had all four of her steals in a 2:04 span of the first quarter.
Dangerfield -- a point guard from Murfreesboro, Tennessee -- has not made a turnover in 71:34 of tournament play. She has nine assists and eight steals in that span.
Wilson scored nine points in a 17-0 run that broke a 2-2 tie. It was 28-4 at halftime and the Americans extended their advantage to 48-18 at the break.
"Our starters got us off to a great start on both sides of the ball and then there was a trickle-down effect when people came into the game, with the next group keeping up that energy," Staley said.
All 12 Team USA players saw double-figure minutes of action.