USA Women Blow Past Lithuania, Play in Gold Medal Game Friday

Aug. 30, 2001

BEIJING, China - Controlling the game from tipoff, the USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team (6-1) defeated Lithuania (5-3), 70-49, to earn a spot in the gold-medal game against China (6-1) Friday at 7 p.m. at the Capital Gymnasium.

'It's hard to play four games in four days,' said Tennessee's Kara Lawson, who had 11 points. 'You have to credit our subs today. Caton (Hill) had a great game and then Lindsey (Yamasaki) came in and played well along with Shaq (Williams). That's the strength of our team -- depth. We're able to wear teams down and pull away.'

Williams (Portland, Ore.), a junior guard from the University of Oregon, finished with two points, two rebounds and one steal in 12 minutes.

'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,' said USA and Virginia coach Debbie Ryan. 'We had to prepare very hard for Lithuania today. We knew they had very good players and we were very concerned about their inside-out game.'

Ayana Walker of Louisiana Tech led the USA with 15 points.

The USA and China have played each other twice in the past two weeks with the Americans winning both games. The first meeting was on Aug. 16 in Zhangjiagang, China, where the USA women won 92-89 in the final game of the Dong Du Cup. The teams met again on Aug. 28 in the quarterfinal round of the World University Games where the USA earned an 89-78 victory.

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