Cori Enghusen Named To USA Basketball World University Games Team
May 21, 2001
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Stanford University junior center Cori Enghusen (Bothell, WA/Inglemoor HS) was one of 11 players selected to the 2001 USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team on Monday.
The selections were made following four days of trials featuring 33 of the nation's top women's collegiate basketball players. In addition, three players were named as finalists for the 12th and final spot on the roster. Those three athletes - Stanford's Lindsey Yamasaki (Oregon City, OR/Oregon City HS), Washington's Loree Payne and Wisconsin's Tamara Moore - will compete for the roster spot during the August 6-11 training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
'I was trying to tell myself not to be nervous because there wasn't anything more I could do about it,' the 6-foot-7 Enghusen said of the selection. 'I gave it my best shot and it was no longer up to me, it was out of my hands. When they were reading off the names fortunately I was the second name because I was just holding my breath. It was a huge relief and after that I didn't even hear anyone else's name. But I'm pretty excited that I made this team and I'm really looking forward to playing this summer.'
The 2001 World University Games will be held August 22-September 1 in Beijing, China. The competition includes 20 countries that will be broken into four, five-team groups. The United States is in Group B along with Canada, Ireland, Japan and South Africa for the right to advance to the medal rounds. The U.S. has earned 11 medals in 12 previous World University Games appearances, including a gold in 1997 in Sicily, Italy.
'I've never been anywhere except for Mexico and Canada, so I'm excited to be able to get to play in China,' Enghusen said. '... I think my size will help the team, it's good to have a big post presence. That's probably the biggest thing, strength and size.'
Enghusen is coming off the finest season of her collegiate career. The 6-foot-7 center averaged 4.4 points and 2.3 rebounds in 30 appearances off the bench. She also ranked fifth in the Pac-10 with 1.27 blocked shots per game, and her 38 blocks during the 2000-01 season is the seventh best single season total in Stanford history. She scored career-highs of 14 points in back-to-back NCAA Tournament games against George Washington and Oklahoma, and tied a school record with six blocks in the Oklahoma contest. Enghusen's career averages are 3.3 points and 2.1 rebounds.
The 6-foot-1 Yamasaki, who has participated in past USA Basketball Team Trials, was an Honorable Mention All-Pacific-10 Conference selection in 2000-01. She averaged 12.4 points and 4.4 rebounds in 20 games overall (8 starts), and 14.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per conference contest. The guard/forward ranked second in the conference in both 3-point percentage (42.5) and free throw percentage (82.2), seventh in 3's per game (1.70) and 15th in scoring (12.4 per game). She made nine 3-pointers on Feb. 24 at Washington, which ranks as the second highest single game total in both Stanford and Pac-10 history. Yamasaki's career averages are 11.4 points, which ranks 13th in Stanford history, and 4.6 rebounds.
2001 USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team - Chantelle Anderson (Vanderbilt), Cori Enghusen (Stanford), Chrissy Floyd (Clemson), Caton Hill (Oklahoma), Kara Lawson (Tennessee), Ashley McElhiney (Vanderbilt), Carisse Moody (North Carolina State), Jenny Roulier (Colorado), Ayana Walker (Louisiana Tech), Shaquala Williams (Oregon), Shereka Wright (Purdue).
Finalists for the 12th Roster Position - Tamara Moore (Wisconsin), Loree Payne (Washington), Lindsey Yamasaki (Stanford).
Alternates - Danielle Crockrom (Baylor), Shelia Lambert (Baylor), Many Nightingale (Colorado), Aiysha Smith (Tyler JC).
Head Coach - Debbie Ryan (Virginia).
Assistant Coaches - Lisa Bluder (Iowa), Dee Stokes (East Carolina).