Enghusen, Yamasaki Lead U.S. To Tournament Title
Aug. 16, 2001
ZHANGJIAGANG, China - The USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team defeated China 92-89 on Thursday night to capture first place in the four-team Du Dong Cup.
The U.S. finished first on the basis of its 3-0 round robin record, and was followed by China (2-1), Australia (1-2) and Canada (0-3). The Americans defeated Australia 76-53 on Tuesday and Canada 89-41 on Wednesday.
'Tonight's win was a really great effort on our part,' USA head coach Debbie Ryan said. 'I thought we did a great job at the end of the game managing the clock after we had the lead, and then just making a couple of really big stops were the difference in the game.'
The Dong Du Cup was a tune-up tournament for the World University Games on August 21-31 in Beijing. The World University Games will feature 19 teams that have been divided into four preliminary round pools. The U.S. is paired with Canada, Japan and South Africa. The Americans open play against South Africa on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. (PT), and will then face Canada on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. (PT) and Japan on Saturday at 4:00 a.m. (PT).
The U.S. went on a 12-2 run in the first quarter to take a 24-13 lead over the tournament hosts, but China rallied to tie the game at 58-58 at halftime. The Americans then went on a decisive run midway through the fourth quarter for a commanding 92-83 lead with 5:08 to play. China could get no closer than three points the rest of the way.
Stanford senior Lindsey Yamasaki (Oregon City, OR/Oregon City HS) played 11 minutes in a reserve role, and recorded three points and four rebounds. Yamasaki was 1-of-5 from the floor, including 0-of-1 from 3-point range, grabbed all four of her rebounds on the offensive end and had four personal fouls.
Cardinal senior center Cori Enghusen (Bothell, WA/Inglemoor HS) also played a role in the U.S. win. The 6-foot-7 Enghusen grabbed two rebounds (one offensive) in four minutes, and was 0-of-1 from the floor with four fouls.