Stanford's Yamasaki Leads U.S. With 15 Points (8/15/01)
Aug. 15, 2001
From USA Basketball Reports
ZHANGJIAGANG, China-- Five Americans scored in the doubledigits and all 12 players put points on the board as the USA BasketballWomen's World University Games Team (2-0) rolled over Canada (0-2) 89-41 toearn its second victory in the Dong Du Cup, a four-team round-robintournament being played in preparation for the 2001 World University Games. The USA will face host China Thursday in the final game of the tournamentand will play Canada again on Aug. 23 in Beijing in the preliminary roundat the World University Games.
Stanford's Lindsey Yamaski (Oregon City, Ore.) recorded a game high 15points while Chrissy Floyd (Clemson / Laurens, S.C.) and Cori Enghusen(Stanford / Bothell, Wash.) each added 13. Purdue's Shereka Wright(Copperas Cove, Texas) and Vanderbilt's Chantelle Anderson (Vancouver,Wash.) chipped in 11 and 10 respectively.
'I think we came together a lot better tonight than last night,' saidFloyd. 'Everybody pulled together which made for a great team effort.Everybody was focused from the start and we just wanted to come out andwin. We set a couple of team goals before the game and we met them. We'rejust going to keep working hard, stay focused and come back out tomorrowready to play.'
Tennessee's Kara Lawson sank a jumper at the start of the game to put theUSA up 2-0. At the 7:40 mark, the Canadians took their only lead of thegame, 3-2, with a bucket and a free throw. The USA responded with a 15-4run to end the first quarter ahead 18-7. In the second quarter, the USAallowed the Canadians only seven points while scoring another 18, behindfive from Anderson, and headed into the locker room with a 36-17 lead.
In the second half the USA women gained momentum, outscoring Canada 53-24.Yamaski sank three 3-pointers in two-and-a-half minutes and added two freethrows in the third quarter. Floyd scored eight of her 13 points in thefourth quarter, while Ayana Walker (Louisiana Tech / Houston, Texas) addedsix as the USA finished on top 89-41.
The USA women recorded 25 assists on 31 baskets, led by Ashley McElhiney's(Vanderbilt / Gleason, Tenn.) five assists. Additionally, the USAoutrebounded Canada 48 to 29 behind seven rebounds from Yamasaki and sixapiece from Lawson and Walker.
'I thought our defense was really what fueled us tonight,' said USABasketball Women's World University Games and University of Virginia headcoach Debbie Ryan. 'We played excellent defense and we had 25 assistswhich is really what made the difference offensively for us in the game.We were really sharing the basketball well and we were finishing muchbetter than we did last night.
'I thought we had better legs tonight and a lot more energy and that reallycarried us,' added Ryan. 'We just came out with real focus tonight. Wewill definitely be a better team tomorrow than we were today. I feelreally good about where we are and the way that we're playing right now.'
Ryan is assisted by University of Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder and EastCarolina University (N.C.) head coach Dee Stokes.
The USA team's pre-World University Games training concludes Thursdayagainst host China at 8:15 p.m. The team travels to Beijing on Friday forthe 2001 World University Games.
The 2001 World University Games is expected to feature 19 teams that havebeen divided into four preliminary round pools. The United States is inPool B with Canada, Japan and South Africa. The U.S. squad openscompetition on Aug. 22 facing South Africa at 11:00 a.m., then meets Canadaon Aug. 23 at 8:30 a.m., and concludes preliminary play against Japan onAug. 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, China time which is 12 hours ahead of EDT.
The World University Games, held every two years and organized by theInternational University Sports Federation (FISU), is a multi-sportcompetition open to men and women between the ages of 17 and 28 (bornbetween Jan. 1, 1973 and Dec. 31, 1983) and who are, or have been withinthe past year, a student at a college or university. The USA Women haveenjoyed outstanding success in the World University Games and have earned11 medals in 12 appearances, including four golds, six silvers and onebronze medal, and have compiled an overall record of 68-14 (82.9 winningpercentage) since beginning World University Games play in 1973. In thelast competition, which was held in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, the U.S.finished with a 4-2 record and the silver medal. The USA Women last earnedthe World University Games gold in Sicily in 1997.
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