U.S. Falls To Canada At World University Games
Aug. 23, 2001
BEIJING, China - The United States Women's Basketball Team dropped to 1-1 in World University Games preliminary play with a 68-67 loss to Canada (2-0) on Thursday afternoon.
The Americans led 33-32 at halftime, and expanded the lead to eight with a 7-0 run at the outset of the second half. The U.S. maintained the lead until the final moments, when Canada went ahead for good at 68-67 on a jumper with 1:03 to play. After Canada missed three free throws in the final seconds, the U.S. fell short on its final shot as time expired.
Stanford senior center Cori Enghusen (Bothell, WA/Inglemoor HS) was the Americans' leading scorer off the bench with eight points in 16 minutes of action. Enghusen was 3-of-6 from the field and 2-of-3 from the free throw line, to go along with two rebounds (one offensive), one blocked shot, four personal fouls and two turnovers.
The Cardinal's Lindsey Yamasaki (Oregon City, OR/Oregon City HS) chipped in five points for the Americans in six minutes off the bench. The senior was 1-of-2 from the floor - 1-of-1 from 3-point range - and 2-of-2 from the foul line. She also had two rebounds (both defensive), three fouls and two turnovers.
'I felt like we were a little sluggish at the start,' USA head coach Debbie Ryan said. 'We had a good start, I substituted and we lost our momentum and it was very difficult to get it back. We never really got back into a rhythm. We didn't play very good defense today and that was the difference in the game. Yesterday we played great defense, today we were nonexistent and that was really the complete difference in the game.'
The defeat puts the Americans in a must-win situation on Saturday against Japan (1-1) at 4:00 a.m. (PT). The winner of that contest will claim second place in preliminary Pool B and advance to the medal quarterfinal pools, while the loser will finish third and compete in the consolation quarterfinal pools. Canada currently stands atop Pool B at 2-0, followed by the U.S. and Japan at 1-1 and South Africa at 0-2.
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 women's basketball competition features 17 countries in four different preliminary pools.
World University Games Women's Basketball Results (Preliminary Round)
Tuesday's Result (previously unreported score)
Pool D - Portugal (1-0) 61, Nigeria (0-1) 48
Pool A - Czech Republic (2-0) 105, Peru (0-2) 61, China (1-0) 119, Taiwan (1-2) 65
Pool B - Canada (2-0) 68, United States (1-1) 67
Pool C - Netherlands (2-0) 68, Mexico (0-2) 59, Russia (1-0) 82, Sweden (1-2) 75
Pool D - Portugal (2-1) 61, Lithuania (1-1) 48, Brazil (3-0) 100, Nigeria (0-2) 35