Lindsey Yamasaki Vaults U.S. Women's Basketball Into World University Games Finals
Aug. 30, 2001
BEIJING, China - Stanford University senior Lindsey Yamasaki (Oregon City, OR/Oregon City HS) scored 13 points to lead the United States (6-1) to a convincing 70-49 victory over Lithuania (5-3) in the semifinals of the World University Games on Thursday afternoon.
The U.S. will now face host China (6-1) for the gold medal on Friday at 4:00 a.m. (PT). China advanced to the finals with a 95-75 win over the Czech Republic (5-2). The Americans have won both previous meetings between the teams, prevailing 92-89 in the finals of the Dong Du Cup on August 16 and 89-78 in World University Games medal pool play on Tuesday.
'China is an excellent team and they are very well balanced inside and outside,' USA head coach Debbie Ryan said. 'They have excellent players and an excellent coach. They will be well prepared for us. We are going to be excited and prepared because this is the gold medal game. We will be working very hard tomorrow morning to get ready to play in the game.'
The U.S. went on a 7-0 run in the opening 54 seconds against Lithuania, and never looked back. The Americans led 18-9 after one quarter, and after Lithuania cut the lead to five (28-23) with 2:23 left in the first half, stretched the advantage back to 12 (37-25) at the break.
The U.S. broke the game wide open in the second half thanks to three 3-pointers from Yamasaki. The Americans led 57-36 after three quarters, and led by as many as 23 (67-44) before cruising to the win.
'Our pressure defense bothered Lithuania a little bit and we were able to get a good lead to start the game which we never really relinquished,' Ryan said.
Yamasaki played 21 minutes off the bench, and was 5-of-7 from the floor, 3-of-4 from 3-point range and 0-of-2 from the free throw line to go along with a steal and two fouls.
Stanford senior Cori Enghusen (Bothell, WA/Inglemoor HS) played five minutes and grabbed one board (defensive) to go along with four fouls and three turnovers.
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 United States, on the strength of Thursday's win, is assured of its 12th medal in 13 World University Games appearances. The Americans have previously won four golds, six silvers and one bronze.
World University Games Women's Basketball (At Beijing, China)
Semifinals (1st-4th Place) - United States (6-1) 70, Lithuania (5-3) 49, China (6-1) 95, Czech Republic (5-2) 75
Consolation (5th-8th Place) - Russia (5-2) 73, Netherlands (2-5) 62, Canada (5-2) 80, Brazil (3-5) 78
Consolation (9th-12th Place) - Yugoslavia (5-3) 86, Taiwan (3-4) 67, Sweden (5-2) 85, Mexico (2-5) 62
Consolation (13th-16th Place) - Portugal 64 (4-4), Peru (0-7) 39, Japan (4-3) 94, South Africa (0-7) 35