World University Games Women's Basketball Recap

Sept. 7, 2001

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The USA Women's World University Games Team rebounded from an early loss to defeat host China 87-69 and claim the gold medal at the 2001 World University Games in Beijing, China. It was the USA's first gold medal in World University games since 1997. Finishing the Oe01 Games with a 7-1 mark, the United States has now compiled an overall World University Games record of 74-15 (83.3 winning percentage) and has earned 12 medals in 13 competitions, including five golds, six silvers and one bronze medal.

'To finish like this with a national team and come back the way we did after losing to Canada and to keep the team focused and actually win in front of 18,000 people in China was just an amazing feat because I thought China was a very, very good team,' said USA Women's World University Games and University of Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan. 'Having to beat China again was very difficult. I was very proud of my players. I think we had great karma on this team. We had very hard-working players and from top to bottom we were very focused and ready to play and I'm just really proud to be a part of it.'

Opening preliminary round play on Aug. 22 with a one-sided victory over South Africa 134-37, the United States was stunned by Canada 68-67 the following day. The Americans rebounded to beat Japan 106-66 on Aug. 25 to advance out of pool B as the second seeded team. In quarterfinal play, the USA squad conquered undefeated Russia 79-68 on Aug. 27, upset unbeaten China 89-78 on Aug. 28 and defeated Brazil 82-62 on Aug. 29. In a medal semifinal game on Aug. 30, the U.S. outscored Lithuania 70-49 before defeating China 87-69 on Aug. 31 in the gold medal game.

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 2003 World University Games are scheduled to be played in Daegu, Korea.

The U.S. finished the tournament with three players averaging in double figures for scoring with 1999 World University Games team member Ayana Walker (Louisiana Tech / Houston, Texas) leading the way with 15.4 ppg. Purdue sophomore-to-be Shereka Wright (Copperas Cove, Texas) averaged 14.5 ppg., and Tennessee's Kara Lawson (Alexandria, Va.) averaged 12.0 ppg.

Walker, who also led the team in rebounding with 8.6 rpg., set a USA World University Games record for most rebounds in one game with 19 against China in the gold medal clash, bettering the 17 rebounds grabbed by Judy Mosley vs. Spain in 1991. Assisting Walker on the boards were Wright and Chantelle Anderson (Vanderbilt / Vancouver, Wash.), who averaged 5.3 rpg. and 4.7 rpg. respectively.

The United States averaged 89.3 points per game and held its opponents to 62.0 ppg., and also outrebounded opponents by a 9.3 margin, recording 34.3 rpg. to its foes' 25.0 rpg. The U.S. squad set two USA World University Games single game records on Aug. 25 against Japan by recording 13 3-pointers and shooting 69.6% (39-56 FGs) from the field. The previous records were 11 made 3-pointers vs. Soviet Union on July 18, 1991 and 66.7% (40-60 FGs) against Cuba on August 29, 1997. Also, the USA team tallied 25 blocked shots to tie the USA World University Games Team competition record of most blocked shots set by the 1999 World University Games Team.

In addition to Anderson, Lawson, Walker and Wright, the USA Women's World University Games Team members included Cori Enghusen (Stanford / Bothell, Wash.), Chrissy Floyd (Clemson / Laurens, S.C.), Caton Hill (Oklahoma / Ada, Okla.), Ashley McElhiney (Vanderbilt / Gleason, Tenn.), Carisse Moody (North Carolina State / Rocky Mount, N.C.), Jenny Roulier (Colorado Englewood, Colo.), Shaquala Williams (Oregon / Portland, Ore.), and Lindsey Yamasaki (Stanford / Oregon City, Ore.).

Assisting Ryan on the sidelines were University of Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder and East Carolina University head coach Dee Stokes.

USA 87, China 69

The United States triumphed over China to earn the gold medal with an 87-69 victory on Aug. 31. The squad was led by Wright's 22 points and nine rebounds and 1999 World University Games veteran Walker's double-double of 19 points and a USA World University Games record 19 rebounds.

The USA went on top 5-0 in the first minute of the game, but China found its offense and led 12-7. Wright responded with six points for the USA while China added two free throws to edge the Americans 14-13 at the 3:20 mark. Walker tallied nine points in the USA's next four possessions as the USA went up 25-21 at the end of the first quarter.

China cut the USA lead to 25-24, but that is as close as they would come. Floyd added two points and then passed to Anderson for two more points and a free throw to put the U.S. ahead 30-24. China kept the game tight by making 14 of 16 free throw attempts in the first half and at halftime the USA led by four, 45-41.

The Americans expanded their lead in the third period to as many as nine points three times, while the fourth quarter saw the USA increase its lead to the eventual 87-69 gold medal win.

USA 70, Lithuania 49

Controlling its semifinal game from start to finish, the USA team easily defeated Lithuania 70-49 on Aug. 30 to earn a spot in the gold medal game.

Striking for seven straight points in the game's first 54 seconds, behind nine points from Lawson the USA squad jumped ahead 18-9 at the end of the first period. Lithuania pulled within five points of the USA, 28-23, with 2:23 to go in the first half, but that was as close as they would come as the USA women responded with a 9-2 run to end the half with a 37-25 advantage over Lithuania. Walker contributed 13 points in the second quarter, while grabbing a game-high eight rebounds throughout the game.

In the second half, the USA bench took over, extending it's lead to 21, 57-36, at the end of the third quarter and led by as many as 23 points with 3:44 to go, 67-44, before sailing in for the 70-49 win.

Four USA players scored in the double digits as Walker tallied 15, Yamasaki scored 13 and Lawson and Roulier added 11 and 10 respectively.

USA 82, Brazil 62

With Enghusen leading the squad in scoring with 13 points while Hill added 12 points, five rebounds and three steals, the U.S. defeated Brazil 82-62 on Aug. 29 to advance to the medal semifinal.

Brazil kicked off the game with a 7-2 run which was answered by eight consecutive points by the North Americans. Holding a slight 19-15 advantage after one quarter, the USA bench expanded the lead behind eight points from Hill and four from Williams and with 1:56 to play in the second period, the USA squad led 37-27.

Brazil went on a 5-0 run to close out the first half and a 7-0 run to start the third period to regain control 38-37 at the 9:04 mark. The USA sealed the victory after responding with 30-6 run to close out the third quarter and grab a 67-44 lead. In the fourth quarter, the USA extended its lead to as many as 29 before cruising in for the 82-62 victory.

Four players scored in the double digits including Enghusen, Hill and Yamasaki and Wight who chipped in ten points apiece.

USA 89, China 78

Led by Roulier, the USA seized the lead in the second half to claim an 89-78 victory over China on Aug. 28. Wright scored a game high 23 points, while Walker recorded the game's only double-double with 17 points and a game high 12 rebounds.

The Americans went up 10-2 to start the game and led by as many as nine points in the first period, ending the first quarter on top of China 21-15. In the second quarter, China regained the lead for the first time in the game at the 2:56 mark and went to the locker room owning a 45-40 advantage.

At the 4:15 mark in the third period, Roulier drained a 3-pointer to give the USA back the lead for good, 56-54. On the next possession Roulier made another three point play with a layup and a free throw to extend the team's lead to 59-54. The Americans slowly pulled away from China in the game's last ten minutes as Roulier added five more points and Lawson recorded 11 of her 16 points in the fourth quarter. The USA's largest lead over China was the 11 point, 89-78 win.

Five players scored in the double digits including Roulier who finished with 12 and Anderson who scored 10 points, along with Wright, Walker and Lawson.

USA 79, Russia 68

After trailing by 12 points at halftime, the USA squad stormed back to upset undefeated Russia by 11, 79-68 on Aug. 27. Anderson and Wright tallied 15 points and six rebounds apiece, while Enghusen added 13 points.

The Russians opened the contest with a 7-0 run. At the 7:20 mark, the USA put their first points on the board with a basket by Anderson and closed out the first period trailing Russia 20-15. Russia extended its lead in the second quarter, going up by as many as 13 points with 2:30 to go in the first half. The USA missed all 13 shots from behind the 3-point arc in the first half, while Russia was 3-for-3.

The USA women came out of the intermission and behind seven points from Wright posted a 10-0 run to chop Russia's lead to two, 43-41. Lawson dropped a three to give the U.S. its first lead of the game 53-50 with 1:21 to go in the third period. In the fourth quarter, Enghusen recorded six straight points to put the USA up 59-57 with 8:11 to play. Floyd shot 3-3 from the field while Anderson added four more points to help push the U.S. to the 79-68 victory.

USA 106, Japan 66

In need of a win in their final game of preliminary round play if their gold medal hopes were to be kept alive, the Americans handed Japan a 106-66 loss on Aug. 25 as all 12 Americans scored, led by Lawson's 25 points. The win earned the USA a second place finish in pool B and one of eight spots in the medal round.

Japan went up 2-0 to start the game, however that would be its only lead of the game as the Americans responded with nine unanswered points and led 21-16 at the end of the first quarter. With 7:12 to play in the second period, Japan hit two consecutive 3-pointers to close within one point of the USA, 23-22. But that was as close as Japan would get as Walker scored six points in the last two minutes of the half to put the U.S. squad on top 42-32. In the second half, the USA picked up the pace, outscoring Japan 33-18 in the third quarter and 31-16 in the fourth en route to the 106-66 victory.

Walker finished with 18 points, followed by Yamasaki and McElhiney with 14 and 11 respectively. The USA women held Japan to 29.4% (5-17) from behind the arc, while shooting 72.2% (13-18) themselves from 3-point range.

Canada 68, USA 67

Despite receiving 14 points, nine rebounds and three steals from Walker, the USA women fell to Canada 68-67 in the final minutes of its Aug. 23 preliminary round game.

The USA held the lead for the first eight minutes of the game, going up by as many as seven points at the 5:01 mark. The Canadians hit consecutive 3-pointers to take their first lead of the game 16-15 with 2:37 left in the first and at the end of the opening period Canada led 18-17. The Americans went on a 5-0 run to start the second quarter, however, Canada rallied back to tie the game at 28 apiece with 2:42 to play in the half. A 3-pointer by Roulier, who finished with 10 points, and a jumper by Floyd sent the USA women into the locker room with a 33-32 advantage over Canada.

The USA squad went on a 7-0 run to start the third quarter to open its biggest lead of the game, 40-32, with 5:57 left in the third. Canada came back with six unanswered points and eventually tied the score at 48 with 1:42 to play in the third period. The USA held a slight lead over Canada for most of the fourth quarter, but with 1:09 left in the game, Canada hit a jumper to take its first lead of the second half, 68-67. The USA women could not convert offensively and were forced to foul the Canadians on the other end. Canada missed three free throw opportunities and was called for a lane violation on the fourth, giving the Americans the ball with 3.3 seconds to go. One final shot attempt by the U.S. was unsuccessful as Canada held on to the 68-67 win.

USA 134, South Africa 37

1999 World University Games Team member Walker scored 27 points to lead the USA in its 134-37 defeat over South Africa as competition got underway on Aug. 22.

The Americans dominated the entire game after jumping out to a 26-4 lead. Walker recorded 11 of her 27 points in the game's first ten minutes, while Wright scored eight of her eventual game high 21 points during the same span. The USA outscored South Africa 40-10 and 36-9 in the game's first two quarters respectively to lead 76-19 at the haf.

The USA started the second half on a 14-0 run to lead 90-19 at the 6:28 mark and continued to increase its advantage. Leading 107-27 at the end of the third quarter, the U.S. sailed in for the 134-37 win. Hill recorded 17 points, grabbed a team high eight rebounds and shot an impressive 9-of-10 of from the foul line. Rounding out the list of scorers were Williams with 16 points, Yamasaki with 12 and Roulier with 10.

2001 USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team


14 Chantelle Anderson C 6-6 185 01/22/81 2003 Vanderbilt / Vancouver, WA

15 Cori Enghusen C 6-7 170 04/08/80 2002 Stanford / Bothell, WA

8 Chrissy Floyd G 5-9 134 08/04/81 2003 Clemson / Laurens, SC

12 Caton Hill F 6-1 185 01/11/81 2003 Oklahoma / Ada, OK

6 Kara Lawson G 5-8 160 02/14/81 2003 Tennessee / Alexandria, VA

4 Ashley McElhiney G 5-5 133 07/16/81 2003 Vanderbilt / Gleason, TN

11 Carisse Moody F 6-1 180 09/15/81 2003 N.C. St. / Rocky Mount, NC

7 Jenny Roulier G 5-9 150 10/16/79 2002 Colorado / Englewood, CO

13 Ayana Walker C 6-2 148 09/10/79 2002 Louisiana Tech / Houston, TX

5 Shaquala Williams G 5-6 135 04/14/80 2002 Oregon / Potrland, OR

9 Shereka Wright F 5-11 155 09/21/81 2004 Purdue / Copperas Cove, TX

10 Lindsey Yamasaki G/F 6-1 160 06/02/80 2002 Stanford / Oregon City, OR

Head Coach: Debbie Ryan, University of Virginia

Assistant Coach: Lisa Bluder, University of Iowa

Assistant Coach: Dee Stokes, East Carolina University (NC)

Team Physician: Christopher Kaeding, Ohio State University

Athletic Trainer: Jeff Kawaguchi, University of Virginia

2001 USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team

Cumulative Statistics (7-1)


Walker 8/8 53-87 .609 0- 2 .000 17-24 .708 69/8.6 12 10 10 123/15.4

Wright 8/8 40-76 .526 8-18 .444 28-34 .824 42/5.3 11 3 9 116/14.5

Lawson 8/8 34-77 .442 11-31 .355 17-18 .944 26/3.3 16 0 12 96/12.0

Roulier 8/8 29-63 .460 11-27 .407 5- 5 1.00 16/2.0 5 2 9 74/ 9.3

Anderson 7/6 25-41 .610 0- 1 .000 6-13 .462 33/4.7 3 3 4 56/ 8.0

Yamasaki 8/0 18-43 .419 11-28 .393 8-11 .727 10/1.3 2 0 4 55/ 6.9

Enghusen 8/2 19-41 .463 0- 0 .000 11-15 .733 16/2.0 1 7 2 49/ 6.1

Hill 8/0 14-30 .467 3- 7 .429 12-13 .923 24/3.0 2 0 11 43/ 5.4

Williams 8/0 15-32 .469 3-11 .273 9-13 .692 14/1.8 12 0 5 42/ 5.3

Floyd 8/0 13-35 .371 1- 5 .200 2- 6 .333 6/0.8 7 0 6 29/ 3.6

Moody 6/0 8-21 .381 0- 0 .000 2- 6 .333 14/2.3 2 0 3 18/ 3.0

McElhiney 8/0 4- 7 .571 3- 5 .600 2- 2 1.00 4/0.5 5 0 5 13/ 1.6


Opponents 270 227 0 0 0 0 497

USA 341 373 0 0 0 0 714


Game Highs


RSA 8/22 134-37---W 27-Walker 8-Hill 2-Walker 4-Hill 2-Walker

2-Wright 4-Lawson

CAN 8/23 67-68---L 14-Walker 9-Walker 4-Lawson 3-Walker 2-Walker

JPN 8/25 106-66---W 25-Lawson 7-Walker 5-Williams 4-McElhiney 2-Anderson

RUS 8/27 79-68---W 15-Anderson 6-Anderson 3-Lawson 2-Anderson 2-Walker

15-Wright 6-Wright

CHN 8/28 89-78---W 23-Wright 12-Walker 2-Lawson 2-Anderson 1-Wright


BRA 8/29 82-62---W 13-Enghusen 6-Walker 3-Walker 3-Hill 1-Enghusen

LTU 8/30 70-49---W 15-Walker 8-Walker 2-Anderson 3-Hill 1-Walker

2-Lawson 3-Lawson 1-Wright

2-McElhiney 3-Wright


CHN 8/31 87-69---W 19-Walker 19-Walker 4-Williams 3-Roulier 4-Enghusen


2001 World University Games Final Standings

1. USA 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. Sweden 5-2

9. 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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