Lindsey Yamasaki, Cori Enghusen Spark U.S. Rout Of Canada
Aug. 15, 2001
ZHANGJIAGANG, China - Stanford University senior Lindsey Yamasaki (Oregon City, OR/Oregon City HS) had game-highs of 15 points and seven rebounds to lead the USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team (2-0) to an 89-41 rout of Canada (0-2) on Wednesday night at the Dong Du Cup. The U.S., which had five players in double figures, also received 13 points from Cardinal center Cori Enghusen (Bothell, WA/Inglemoor HS).
The event is a four-team round-robin competition played in preparation for the 2001 World University Games on August 21-31 in Beijing. In Wednesday's other game, host China (2-0) routed Australia (0-2) 94-41. In the tournament finales on Thursday, Canada faces Australia at 4:00 a.m. (PT) and the United States plays China at 6:15 a.m. (PT).
Yamasaki helped the U.S. break the game wide open by sinking all three of her 3-pointers in a two-and-half minute span in the third quarter. The two-time Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 selection was 4-of-9 from the floor, 3-of-4 from 3-point range and 4-of-6 from the foul line in 20 minutes off the bench. She pulled down four of her seven rebounds on the offensive end, to go along with an assist, a steal, three personal fouls and two turnovers.
Enghusen played 21 minutes in a reserve role, and was 6-of-9 from the floor and 1-of-2 from the free throw line. She also had five rebounds (four defensive), three assists, two steals, two personal fouls and a turnover.
'I thought we had better legs tonight and a lot more energy and that really carried us,' U.S. coach Debbie Ryan said. 'We just came out with real focus tonight. We will definitely be a better team tomorrow than we were today. I feel really good about where we are and the way that we're playing right now.'
After Canada took its only lead of the game at 3-2, the Americans responded with a 15-4 run for an 18-7 advantage. The game was never close after that point. The U.S. led 36-17 at the half, and went on to outscore Canada 53-24 in the second half. Besides out-rebounding Canada 51-29, the Americans also out-shot its opposition from the field by a margin of 54.4 (31-of-57) percent to 23.8 (15-of-63) percent.