Stanford's Yamasaki Added To World University Games Team (8/9/01)
Aug. 9, 2001
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (August 9, 2001) -- Following three days of training, the USA
Basketball Women's Collegiate Committee announced that Stanford University senior Lindsey Yamasaki will fill the final roster spot on the 2001 USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team.
The addition of Yamasaki brings the total of Pac-10 student-athletes on the team to three,
including Oregon's Shaquala Williams and Cori Enghusen, also of Stanford.
The squad, comprised of top college players, began training on Aug. 6 in Colorado Springs,
Colo., for the 2001 World University Games that will be played Aug. 22 - Sept. 1 in Beijing, China.
'I can't put into words how feel,' said Yamasaki. 'It was definitely a hard few days.
I'm just happy. I'm so excited to play for my country. It's just a great feeling being on the team, knowing that I can be on the bench and cheer or that I can be out there. I'm really excited. I think it's going to be a wonderful experience and I wouldn't want to be on any other team than this one.'
Joining Yamasaki, Williams and Enghusen on the USA Women's World University Games
Team are:Chantelle Anderson (Vanderbilt), Chrissy Floyd (Clemson), Caton Hill (Oklahoma), Kara Lawson (Tennessee), Ashley McElhiney (Vanderbilt), Carisse Moody (North Carolina State), Jenny Roulier (Colorado), Ayana Walker (Louisiana Tech), and Shereka Wright (Purdue).
'Lindsey Yamasaki brings a refined shooter to our team, one that we really need to be able to
spread the floor better so that we can utilize our inside players better,' said USA Basketball Women's World University Games and University of Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan. 'She's also a player that has good athletic ability and hopefully will help us on the defensive end of the floor.'
'I think the team's got great chemistry, a good personality and other than fatigue, they play
very well together,' added Ryan. 'I think we're going to have a very good team chemistry-wise which will really help us in this type of competition.'
Ryan will be assisted by University of Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder and East Carolina
University (N.C.) head coach Dee Stokes.
Training camp continues Aug. 10 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 5:00- 7:00 p.m. (all times MDT).
The USA's Colorado Springs training concludes on Aug. 11 with an 8:00-10:00 a.m. practice. All of the Americans' training sessions will be held at Sports Center I and will be open to credentialed media only.
The USA team's preparation continues with a four-team round-robin tournament in
Zhangjiagang, China, from Aug. 14-16. The American squad will face Brazil on Tuesday, Aug. 14, Canada on Wednesday, Aug. 15, and will conclude pre-World University Games action against China on Thursday, Aug. 16. All games will be played at 7:00 p.m. local time.
The 2001 World University Games is expected to feature 19 teams that have been divided into
four preliminary round pools. The United States is in Pool B with Canada, Japan and South Africa. The U.S. squad opens competition on Aug. 22 facing South Africa at 11:00 a.m., then meets Canada on Aug. 23 at 8:30 a.m., and concludes preliminary play against Japan on Aug. 25 at 7:00 p.m. Tournament quarterfinals play gets underway Aug. 27, with semifinals being conducted Aug. 30 and the medal games being held Aug. 31. All times are local Beijing time which is 12 hours ahead of EDT.
The World University Games, held every two years and organized by the International
University Sports Federation (FISU), is a multi-sport competition open to men and women between the ages of 17 and 28 (born between Jan. 1, 1973 and Dec. 31, 1983) and who are, or have been within the past year, a student at a college or university. The USA Women have enjoyed outstanding success in the World University Games and have earned 11 medals in 12 appearances, including four golds, six silvers and one bronze medal, and have compiled an overall record of 68-14 (82.9 winning percentage) since beginning World University Games play in 1973. In the last competition, which was held in 1999 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, the U.S. finished with a 4-2 record and the silver medal. The USA Women lastearned the World University Games gold in Sicily in 1997.
The USA Basketball Women's Collegiate Committee is chaired by University of Texas Senior
Associate Athletics Director for Men's and Women's Athletics Chris Plonsky. In addition to Plonsky, the Committee is comprised of NAIA designee Stephanie Findley (head coach, Oklahoma Christian University), NCAA appointees Tom Collen (head coach, Colorado State University), Gail Goestenkors (head coach, Duke University, N.C.), Donna Noonan (Vice President, Women's Basketball Championship, NCAA) and Willette White (head coach, Northeastern University, Mass.), Representing the NJCAA is Mary Ellen Leicht (Assistant Executive Director, NJCAA), Muffet McGraw (head coach, Notre Dame University) was appointed by the WBCA and Teresa Edwards (2000, 1996, 1992, 1988 and 1984 Olympian, 1994, 1990 and 1986 World Championship Teams / Smyrna, Ga.) and Vickie Orr-Wiley (1992 Olympic bronze medalist, 1990 World Championship gold medalist / Birmingham, Ala.) are the athlete representatives.
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