Cori Enghusen, Lindsey Yamasaki Bring Home The Gold

Aug. 31, 2001

BEIJING, China - The United States Women's Basketball Team won the gold medal at the World University Games with a resounding 87-69 win over host China in front of a partisan crowd of 18,000 at Capital Gymnasium on Thursday night. The win was the Americans' third over China in a two week span (92-89 Aug. 16, 89-78 Aug. 28).

'It was so exciting,' Stanford senior Lindsey Yamasaki (Oregon City, OR/Oregon City HS) said. 'I felt this game was by far our best game because everyone contributed, whether it was on the bench or on the floor. We all had our hearts in it tonight and people stepped up and played amazing basketball. I think it was just our turn, our night. Coach (Debbie) Ryan said you don't get many opportunities to play for a championship, but this is one and we took advantage.'

The U.S. (7-1) scored the first five points of the game, and went on to lead 25-21 at the end of one quarter. China (6-2) scored the first three points of the second quarter to get within one, but would never get that close again. The Americans eventually went on to take a 45-41 advantage at the half.

The Americans then dominated the second half, thanks to four blocked shots from Stanford senior center Cori Enghusen (Bothell, WA/Inglemoor HS). The U.S., which held China to 33.3 (21-of-63) percent shooting from the floor, led 65-58 after three and broke the game wide open in the opening moments of the fourth quarter.

Enghusen played 19 minutes off the bench - a team-high - and recorded three points and five rebounds (all defensive) to go along with the four blocked shots. She was 0-of-4 from the field and 3-of-4 from the free throw line to go along with a foul and three turnovers. For the tournament (8 games, 2 starts), Enghusen averaged 6.1 points (49 total) and 2.0 rebounds (16 total) per game. She was 19-of-41 (46.3 percent) from the floor and 11-of-15 (73.3 percent) from the free throw line. She grabbed 11 of her 16 boards on the defensive end, and also had seven blocked shots two steals, one assists, 23 fouls and 12 turnovers in 96 minutes (12.0 per game).

Yamasaki played six minutes off the bench against China, and was 0-1 from the field (0-of-1 from 3-point range) along with one rebound (defensive), one steal and one foul. In the tournament (8 games, 0 starts), Yamasaki averaged 6.9 points (55 total) and 1.3 rebounds (10 total) per contest. She was 18-of-43 (41.9 percent) from the field, 11-of-28 (39.3 percent) from 3-point range and 8-of-11 (72.7 percent) from the free throw line. She grabbed eight of her 10 rebounds on the defensive end, and had four steals, two assists, 15 fouls and four turnovers in 99 minutes (12.4 per game).

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 has now won 12 medals in 13 World University Games appearances - five golds, six silvers and one bronze.

World University Games Women's Basketball (At Beijing, China)

Friday's Results

Championship - United States 87, China 69, Third Place - Czech Republic 91, Lithuania 71, Fifth Place - Russia 77, Canada 68, Seventh Place - Brazil 64, Netherlands 52, Ninth Place - Sweden vs. Yugoslavia, not played, Eleventh Place - Taiwan 80, Mexico 75, Thirteenth Place - Japan 82, Portugal 73, Fifteenth Place - South Africa (1-7) 53, Peru (0-8) 52.

Final Standings - 1. United States (7-1), 2. China (6-2), 3. Czech Republic (6-2), 4. Lithuania (5-4), 5. Russia (6-2), 6. Canada (5-3), 7. Brazil (4-5), 8. Netherlands (2-6), 9 (tie). Sweden (5-2), 9 (tie). Yugoslavia (5-3), 11. Taiwan (4-4), 12. Mexico (2-6), 13. Japan (5-3), 14. Portugal (4-5), 15. South Africa (1-7), 16. Peru (0-8), 17. Nigeria (0-4).

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