The United States scored a record number of points at a Women's Basketball World Cup ©FIBA

Defending champions United States broke a 32-year World Cup points record during their smashing victory against South Korea at the Women's Basketball World Cup in Sydney.

Brianna Jones registered 24 points and A'ja Wilson added another 20 points on course to a 145-69 win at the Sydney Superdome, which was two points more than the tally Brazil set versus Malaysia in 1990.

Shakira Austin netted the historic final points with a layup as nine seconds stood left on the clock.

It is also the US' record total, having made 119 points on two prior occasions.

America have now won 26 World Cup matches in a row since losing to Russia in the 2006 semi-finals.

However, they are far from setting a new consecutive win record as the Soviet Union posted 56 straight World Cup wins between 1959 and 1986.

The US sit top of Group A having qualified for the quarter-finals alongside China and Belgium.

China dished out 41 assists - a World Cup record - during their crushing 95-60 victory against Puerto Rico.

Li Yuan led the historic game with nine assists while Wang Siyu notched eight dimes.

Belgium sealed their spot in the quarter-finals after they cruised past Bosnia and Herzegovina 85-55.

This is the second consecutive time Belgium have advanced to the last eight having made a semi-run for years ago on debut.

In Group B, France reached the quarter-finals following a 67-53 triumph over Japan.

It was a sublime fourth quarter performance that got the job done for the Europeans as they outscored their opponents 19-9 having led 48-44 at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre.

The result also means Japan cannot progress to the next round have lost three from four games.

Host nation Australia edged upset group leader Canada 75-72 to also progress into the quarter-finals.

Steph Talbot recorded 11 points, nine rebounds and eight assists while Ezi Magbegor notched 16 points, seven rebounds and five blocks on their path to victory.

Serbia have also progressed after they registered an 81-68 win versus Mali, which included Sasa Cado knocking down six triples.

The final group stage matches are to be held tomorrow.