Cori Enghusen Leads U.S. To Come-From-Behind Win Over Russia
Aug. 27, 2001
BEIJING, China - Stanford University senior center Cori Enghusen (Bothell, WA/Inglemoor HS) scored 13 points to lead the United States (1-0 Pool E, 3-1 overall) to a 79-68 come-from-behind win over Russia (0-1, 3-1) in World University Games medal pool play on Monday afternoon. The U.S. trailed 43-31 at halftime, but outscored Russia 48-25 in the second half to pull out the crucial victory.
'We started out really slow,' Enghusen said. 'But we knew we had to pick it up because it was a must-win game for us. At halftime, we knew what we were doing badly. Coach (Debbie Ryan) really motivated us at halftime, but I think we motivated ourselves too. We picked it up in the second half and did what we had to do.'
The U.S. plays its second of three medal pool games against China (1-0, 4-0) on Monday night at 8:00 p.m. (PT). China opened Pool E play with a 93-54 win over Brazil (0-1, 3-2). At a World University Games tune-up tournament (Dong Du Cup) in Zhangjiagang, China, on August 16, the Americans edged the Chinese 92-89.
'We're excited to play China again,' Enghusen said. 'They've gotten better since we played them, but we've gotten better too.'
On Monday, Russia scored the first seven points of the game and led by as many as 13 points in the second quarter before going into the locker room with a 43-31 advantage. The U.S. was 0-of-13 from 3-point range in the first half, while Russia was 3-of-3.
The momentum quickly changed in the second half. The U.S. scored the first 10 points of the third quarter, and took its first lead of the game at 53-50 with 1:21 remaining in the period. Enghusen then put the U.S. ahead to stay in the fourth quarter by scoring six unanswered points for a 59-57 advantage with 8:11 remaining.
Enghusen played 11 minutes for the U.S., and was dominant in the paint. She was 6-of-8 from the field and 1-of-1 from the free throw line, to go along with two rebounds (both offensive), a blocked shot, two fouls and a turnover.
The Cardinal's Lindsey Yamasaki (Oregon City, OR/Oregon City HS) saw nine minutes of action, and was 0-of-5 from the field (0-of-3 from 3-point range) with one rebound (defensive) and one foul.
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
Saturday's Result (previously unreported score)
Pool C - Russia (3-0) 80, Mexico (0-3) 63
Pool E (Medal Round) - China (1-0) 93, Brazil (0-1) 54, United States (1-0) 79, Russia (1-0) 68
Pool F (Medal Round) - Canada (1-0) 76, Netherlands (0-1) 61, Czech Republic (1-0) 91, Lithuania (0-1) 68
Pool G (Consolation) - Sweden (1-0) 100, South Africa (0-1) 32
Pool H (Consolation) - Yugoslavia (1-0) 99, Peru (0-1) 48, Japan (1-0) 76, Mexico (0-1) 74