Enghusen, Williams To Represent United States (8/7/01)
Aug. 7, 2001
Two Pac-10 student-athletes, Stanford's Cori Enghusen and Oregon's Shaquala Williams,
are among 11 members of the 2001 USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team which is training Aug. 6-11 in Colorado Springs, Colo., for the 2001 World University Games.
A third Pac-10 player, Stanford's Lindsey Yamasaki, is one of two players who will vie for
the 12th and final spot on the roster. Washington's Loree Payne, who was named as a finalist following the Trials, recently informed USA Basketball she would not be able to attend training camp due to tendinitis in her foot.
A squad comprised of top college players, the team is preparing for the 2001 World
University Games that will be played Aug. 22 - Sept. 1 in Beijing, China. The six-day training camp is held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center's Sports Center I. Additionally, the U.S. squad is slated to compete in a four-team round-robin tournament in China Aug. 14-16 versus World University Games teams from Australia, Canada and China.
'I know that we're going to have to work very hard because our training period is very
short,' said USA Basketball Women's World University Games and University of Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan. 'We're going to want to get in our basic offense and defense and just get our players up to the level that they're going to need to be. I know that everyone's been training really hard. I've stayed in touch with their coaches and I think they're going to come into camp in really good shape.
'I just can't wait to get started and to get over to China,' added Ryan. 'It'll be a lot of
fun.The fact that we get to go over early will make it better for us to be able to adjust to China and the time and help us handle everything.'
Following four days of trials at the May 19-22 USA Basketball Women's Trials in
Colorado Springs, Colo., 11 players were named to the 2001 USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team. An additional three were named as finalists for the 12th roster spot that will be selected by the USA Basketball Women's Collegiate Committee after practice sessions on Aug. 8.
Training camp opened Monday, Aug. 6. The U.S. will train twice a day on Aug. 7, 8 and 10,
from 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 5:00-7:00 p.m., and will conduct a single practice session on Aug. 9 from 11:00-1:00 p.m. The USA's Colorado Springs training concludes on Aug. 11 with an 8:00-10:00 a.m. practice. All of the Americans' training sessions will be held at Sports Center I and will be open to credentialed media only.
The USA team's preparation continues with a four-team round-robin tournament in
Zhangjiagang, China, from Aug. 14-16. The American squad will face Australia on Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 7:00 p.m., Canada on Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 7:00 p.m., and will conclude pre-World University Games action against China on Thursday, Aug. 16 at 8:45 p.m. All games times are local.
The 2001 World University Games is expected to feature 19 teams that have been divided
into four preliminary round pools. The United States is in Pool B with Canada, Japan and South Africa. The U.S. squad opens competition on Aug. 22 facing South Africa at 11:00 a.m., then meets Canadamon Aug. 23 at 8:30 a.m., and concludes preliminary play against Japan on Aug. 25 at 7:00 p.m. Tournament quarterfinals play gets underway Aug. 27, with semifinals being conducted Aug. 30 and the medal games being held Aug. 31. All times are local Beijing time which is 12 hours ahead of EDT.
The World University Games, held every two years and organized by the International
University Sports Federation (FISU), is a multi-sport competition open to men and women between the ages of 17 and 28 (born between Jan. 1, 1973 and Dec. 31, 1983) and who are, or have been within the past year, a student at a college or university. The USA Women have enjoyed outstanding success in the World University Games and have earned 11 medals in 12 appearances, including four golds, six silvers and one bronze medal, and have compiled an overall record of 68-14 (82.9 winning percentage) since beginning World University Games play in 1973. In the last competition, which was held in 1999 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, the U.S. finished with a 4-2 record and the silver medal. The USA Women last earned the World University Games gold in Sicily in 1997.
From USA Basketball reports.