Lindsey Yamasaki Leads U.S. Into World University Games Quarterfinals
Aug. 25, 2001
BEIJING, China - Stanford University senior Lindsey Yamasaki (Oregon City, OR/Oregon City HS) had 14 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead the United States (2-1) to a crucial 106-66 victory over Japan (1-2) in World University Games preliminary round action on Saturday night. With the victory, the United States qualified for medal round pool play beginning next week.
'I think we focused a little better on playing with our hearts rather than trying to force things,' USA head coach Debbie Ryan said. 'We just settled down a little bit in terms of focusing on what we had to do today, not worrying about tomorrow and not thinking about yesterday. We really just went out and played good defense, which is what fueled our offense and got us the lead early. Then we really started to execute on offense which helped a lot.'
After Japan took what would be its only lead of the game at 2-0, the United States answered with nine consecutive points and never looked back. The Americans stretched their lead to 42-32 at halftime and 75-50 in the third quarter before building the final margin to 40. The United States shot 72.2 (13-of-18) percent from 3-point range in the contest, including Yamasaki's 4-of-6 effort.
Yamasaki, who was the Americans' leading scorer off the bench, took all six of her shots from 3-point range and was also 2-of-2 from the free throw line in 19 minutes. She also had three rebounds (all defensive), two assists and a steal.
Stanford senior Cori Enghusen (Bothell, WA/Inglemoor HS) saw seven minutes of action for the Americans, and had two points and two rebounds. Enghusen was 1-of-3 from the field, grabbed both of her boards on the defensive end and had two fouls.
The top two teams in each of the four pools advanced to the quarterfinals. Canada captured Pool B with a perfect 3-0 record, followed by the U.S. (2-1), Japan (1-2) and South Africa (0-3).
The Americans now advance to quarterfinal Pool E along with Brazil (3-1, Pool D), China (3-0, A) and Russia (2-0, C). In the round-robin pool, the Americans will face Russia on Sunday night at 10:00 p.m. (PT), China on Monday night at 10:00 p.m. (PT) and Brazil on Wednesday morning at 4:00 a.m. (PT). The other championship group - Pool F - features Canada, the Czech Republic (2-1, A), Lithuania (3-1, D) and the Netherlands (2-1, C). The top two teams in each championship pool will advance to the semifinals on Thursday, August 30.
In consolation play, Pool G will consist of Taiwan (1-2, A), South Africa, Sweden (1-2, C) and Portugal (2-2, D) while Pool H features Peru (0-3, A), Japan, Mexico (0-2, C) and Yugoslavia (2-2, D). Nigeria finished Pool D with an 0-4 record, and did not qualify for quarterfinal pool competition.
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.
World University Games Women's Basketball Results (Preliminary Round)
Pool A - China (2-0) 128, Peru (0-3) 37
Pool B - Canada (3-0) 93, South Africa (0-3) 31
Pool C - Russia (2-0) 68, Netherlands (2-1) 55
Pool D - Lithuania (2-1) 100, Nigeria (0-3) 29, Yugoslavia (1-2) 62, Portugal (2-2) 51
Pool A - China (3-0) 91, Czech Republic (2-1) 65
Pool B - United States (2-1) 106, Japan (1-2) 66
Pool D - Lithuania (3-1) 93, Brazil (3-1) 78, Yugoslavia (2-2) 89, Nigeria (0-4) 26