U.S. Women's Basketball Defeats China At World University Games

Aug. 28, 2001

BEIJING, China - The United States Women's Basketball Team took a giant step toward qualifying for the World University Games semifinals with an 89-78 victory over host China in medal pool play action on Tuesday afternoon.

The United States now stands atop Pool E with a 2-0 record (4-1 overall), followed by China (1-1 Pool E, 4-1 overall), Russia (1-1, 4-1) and Brazil (0-2, 3-3). The top two teams in Pools E and F (Canada, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Netherlands) qualify for Thursday's semifinals. The U.S. wraps up medal pool play against Brazil on Wednesday at 4:00 a.m. (PT). In Tuesday's other Pool E contest, Russia defeated Brazil 75-60.

'Russia and China are huge wins for us,' USA head coach Debbie Ryan said. 'The problem now is not to have a letdown. We're going to have somewhat of a letdown tomorrow just because that's a normal reaction. I think our team has to be very mature in the way we approach tomorrow's game because we don't want to get too high with today's win. We just want to win and move on.'

The U.S. jumped out to early leads of 10-2 and 21-15 before China went to a full court press. Behind the pressure, China took its first lead with 2:56 left in the second quarter and went on to lead 45-40 at the half.

The Americans, however, took the lead back for good at 56-54 with 4:15 remaining in the third period. The U.S. then gradually pulled away over the last 10 minutes to post its third consecutive victory.

Stanford senior Cori Enghusen (Bothell, WA/Inglemoor HS) played 14 minutes for the U.S., and recorded two points and two rebounds. She was 1-of-5 from the floor, grabbed both of her boards on the offensive end and also had two fouls and a turnover.

Enghusen's Cardinal teammate - Lindsey Yamasaki (Oregon City, OR/Oregon City HS) - played five minutes in Tuesday's win and contributed one point. She was 0-1 from the field (0-of-1 from 3-point range) and 1-of-2 from the free throw line to go along with two fouls.

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 (At Beijing, China)

Quarterfinal Round

Monday's Result (previously unreported score)

Pool G (Consolation) - Taiwan (1-0) 67, Portugal (0-1) 62

Tuesday's Results

Pool E (Medal Round) - Russia (1-1) 75, Brazil (0-2) 60, United States (2-0) 89, China (1-1) 78

Pool F (Medal Round) - Lithuania (1-1) 60, Netherlands (0-2) 33, Czech Republic (2-0) 70, Canada (1-1) 68

Pool G (Consolation) - Sweden (2-0) 76, Portugal (0-2) 54, Taiwan (2-0) 86, South Africa (0-2) 57

Pool H (Consolation) - Mexico (1-1) 78, Yugoslavia (1-1) 73, Japan (2-0) 101, Peru (0-2) 44

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