USA Women Lose 68-67 to Canada; Williams Scores Two Points

Aug. 23, 2001

BEIJING, China - The USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team (1-1) fell 68-67 to Canada (2-0) in the final minutes Thursday in a preliminary round game.

University of Oregon women's basketball player Shaquala Williams scored two points, had two rebounds as well as tallied one steal and an assist in 13 minutes in a reserve role. A 5-foot-6 junior, she made 1 of 4 from the field and missed on both of her 3-point attempts.

Louisiana Tech's Ayana Walker (Louisiana Tech) led the USA again with 14 points, nine rebounds and three steals. The USA Women conclude World University Games preliminary round play on Saturday against Japan (1-1) at 7 p.m. (local). The winner will claim second place in preliminary pool B and advance to the medal quarterfinal pools.

The World University Games features 17 teams that have been divided into four preliminary round pools. The United States is in Pool B with Canada, Japan and South Africa. Tournament quarterfinals play gets underway Aug. 27, with semifinals being conducted Aug. 30 and the medal games being held Aug. 31.

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