Lindsey Yamasaki Makes U.S. Women's Basketball World University Games Team
Aug. 9, 2001
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Stanford University senior Lindsey Yamasaki (Oregon City, OR/Oregon City HS) has earned the 12th and final roster spot on the 2001 USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team.
The 12-player squad of top collegians, which includes Stanford senior center Cori Enghusen (Bothell, WA/Inglemoor HS), will compete at the World University Games on August 22-31 in Beijing, China. Stanford joins Vanderbilt as the only schools with two players on the roster. The international experience is the first for both Enghusen, who qualified for the team in May, and Yamasaki.
The 6-foot-1 Yamasaki is one of the most explosive scorers in the Pacific-10 Conference and is a two-time honorable mention all-conference selection. Yamasaki averaged 12.4 points and 4.4 rebounds for the Pac-10 Champion Cardinal last season, and tied conference and school records for 3-pointers in a game with nine at Washington on February 24. Yamasaki, who beat out Wisconsin's Tamara Moore for the final spot following three days of workouts (Monday-Wednesday), did not compete in the United States' May tryout camp because of a foot injury.
'I can't put into words how I feel,' Yamasaki said. '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 team other than this one.'
'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,' USA head coach Debbie Ryan said. 'She's also a player that has good athletic ability and hopefully will help us on the defensive end of the floor.'
Enghusen and Yamasaki are joined on the roster by Chantelle Anderson (Colorado), 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) and Shereka Wright (Purdue).
The squad will work out at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs through Saturday, August 11. The U.S. then travels to China on Sunday, August 12, and will tune up for the World University Games with a four-team round robin tournament against Australia, Canada and China on August 14-16 in Zhangjiagang.
Following the warm-up tournament, the United States will train in Beijing from August 18-21 to prepare for the 19-team World University Games in that city on August 22-30. The U.S. will compete in Pool B with Canada, Japan and South Africa. The pool was reduced from five teams to four when Ireland withdrew from the competition earlier this summer. After pool play on August 22-25, the quarterfinals get underway on August 27 followed by the semifinals on August 30 and medal games on August 31.
The World University Games are held every two years and are open to men and women between the ages of 17 and 28 who have been a student at a college or university within the last year. The U.S. has earned 11 women's basketball medals in 12 World University Games appearances, including a silver in 1999 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain