Cori Enghusen Leads U.S. Women's Basketball Into World University Games Semifinals
Aug. 29, 2001
BEIJING, China - Stanford University senior Cori Enghusen (Bothell, WA/Inglemoor HS) scored a team-high 13 points to lead the United States to an easy 82-62 win over Brazil in medal pool play on Wednesday night at the World University Games. The other Stanford member of the U.S. squad - Lindsey Yamasaki (Oregon City, OR/Oregon City HS) - added 10 points.
The victory allows United States (3-0 Pool E, 5-1 overall) to clinch first place in Pool E, and advance to the semifinals against Lithuania (2-1 Pool F, 5-2 overall) on Wednesday night at midnight (PT). The other semifinal will match the Czech Republic (3-0 Pool F, 5-1 overall) against host China (2-1, 5-1). The U.S. won Pool E with the perfect 3-0 record, followed by China, Russia (1-2, 4-2) and Brazil (0-3, 3-4).
Enghusen earned her first start of the tournament, and took full advantage. She was 4-of-7 from the field and 5-of-7 from the free throw line in 13 minutes of action. Enghusen also had a rebound (defensive), a blocked shot, a steal, two turnovers and four fouls.
Yamasaki saw 19 minutes of action, and was 4-of-12 from the floor and 2-of-7 from 3-point range. She also had a rebound (offensive), a steal, four personal fouls and two turnovers.
'I think we all knew it was going to be a game that we weren't going to come in fired up for,' Yamasaki said. 'We have been playing well and all knew we were going to advance to the semifinals anyway. We came out in the first half and didn't play well because we didn't play our type of basketball. In the second half we came back out and knew what we needed to do. People stepped up and everybody was able to contribute.'
Brazil jumped out to an early 7-2 lead, but the Americans quickly answered with eight straight points of their own. The U.S. went on to lead 37-32 at the half, but Brazil retook the lead with a 7-0 run. It was all United States the rest of the way.
The Americans went on a 30-6 third quarter run to build a 67-44 lead. The U.S. then led by as many as 29 in the third quarter before cruising to the 20-point win.
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)
Wednesday's ResultsPool E (Medal Round) - United States (3-0) 82, Brazil (0-3) 62, China (2-1) 82, Russia (1-2) 54
Pool F (Medal Round) - Czech Republic (3-0) 85, Netherlands (0-3) 42, Lithuania (2-1) 55, Canada (1-2) 47
Pool G (Consolation) - Portugal (1-2) 70, South Africa (0-3) 51, Sweden (3-0) 75, Taiwan (2-1) 73
Pool H (Consolation) - Mexico (2-1) 79, Peru (0-3) 62, Yugoslavia (2-1) 80, Japan (2-1) 68