Lindsey Yamasaki Leads U.S. To 97-Point Victory At World University Games

Aug. 22, 2001

BEIJING, China - Stanford University senior Lindsey Yamasaki (Oregon City, OR/Oregon City HS) scored 12 points to help the United States rout South Africa 134-37 on Wednesday afternoon at the World University Games.

'It was great to get started today,' USA head coach Debbie Ryan said. 'We played the warm-up tournament (Dong Du Cup), which was great, but then we had all of that time in between. Our players got a little bit antsy to play. Now we don't have much time off between now and when we go home. I think it's going to be a good tournament and this is a very good start.'

The U.S. jumped out to a 26-4 lead with 4:43 remaining in the first quarter, and the rout was on. The Americans led by 57 points at halftime (76-19) and 80 points (107-27) after three quarters, thanks to 58.0 (51-of-88) percent shooting from the floor. The U.S. also held South Africa to 28.8 (15-of-52) percent shooting, and forced 35 turnovers.

Yamasaki scored 12 points in 14 minutes of action, going 4-of-9 from the floor (1-of-5 from 3-point range) and 3-of-3 from the foul line. She also had two rebounds (one offensive) and two personal fouls.

Stanford senior center Cori Enghusen (Bothell, WA/Inglemoor HS) also got in on the act with eight points. Enghusen was 4-of-8 from the floor and 0-of-1 from the foul line in 11 minutes, to go along with one rebound (defensive), an assist, a steal and four personal fouls.

The game was the first of three preliminary contests for the United States. The Americans are in Pool B along with Canada, Japan and South Africa. The U.S. and Canada currently stand atop the pool at 1-0, followed by Japan (1-1) and South Africa (0-2). The U.S. will face Canada on Wednesday at 10:00 p.m. (PT) and Japan on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. (PT). The Americans defeated Canada 89-41 in a warm-up tournament in Zhangjiagang on August 15.

The World University Games, held every two years and organized by the International University Sports Federation, is a multi-sport competition open to men and women between the ages of 17 and 28, and who are, or have been within the past year, a student at a college or university. The women's basketball competition features 17 countries in four different preliminary pools. The field was reduced from 20 to 17 nations when Ireland withdrew from Pool B earlier this summer, and Kazakhstan (Pool A) and Korea (Pool C) dropped out just prior to the competition.

World University Games Women's Basketball Results

Tuesday's Results

Pool A - Taiwan (1-0) 89, Peru (0-1) 66

Pool B - Japan (1-0) 93, South Africa (0-1) 31

Pool C - Netherlands (1-0) 73, Sweden (0-1) 70

Pool D - Brazil (1-0) 58, Yugoslavia (0-1) 53

Wednesday's Results

Pool A - Czech Republic (1-0) 107, Taiwan (1-1) 69

Pool B - United States (1-0) 134, South Africa (0-2) 37

Canada (1-0) 78, Japan (1-1) 73

Pool C - Sweden (1-1) 65, Mexico (0-1) 55

Pool D - Lithuania (1-0) 70, Yugoslavia (0-2) 65

Brazil (2-0) 65, Portugal (0-1) 61

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