Women's World University Games Team Stops Australia 76-53 In Dong
Du Cup Opener
ZHANGJIAGANG, China (August 14, 2001) -- The 2001Women's World
University Games Team (1-0) earned a 76-53 victory over Australia
in the opening game of the Dong Du Cup, a four-team round-robin tournament,
which is being played in preparation for the World University Games.
Vanderbilt's Chantelle Anderson played 25 minutes and totaled six
points, three rebounds, three steals and one blocked shot, while Ashley
McElhiney played for 13 minutes and totaled four rebounds, two assists
and one steal.
The first two quarters saw eight lead changes as neither team led
than four points. With 3:54 to play in the first half, Oklahoma's
Hill (Ada, Okla.) sank two free throws to give the United States the
Jenny Roulier (Colorado / Englewood, Colo.) added five of her eventual
points in the last two minutes to put the USA ahead 36-29 at the half.
"We had a real slow start which was understandable because we
badly jet-lagged from yesterday," added Ryan. "But I was
happy with the
way we responded in the second half. I thought we did a nice job of
denying penetration, putting a little more pressure on Australia and
was really the difference in the game. Our defensive pressure made
difference in us getting started and helping us offensively."
The USA defense held Australia to seven points in the third quarter.
Walker (Louisiana Tech / Houston, Texas), who recorded the game's
double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, led the USA in outrebounding
Australia 54-26, while Carisse Moody (North Carolina State / Rocky
N.C.) and Wright grabbed eight rebounds apiece. The USA women expanded
their lead throughout the fourth quarter and sailed in for the 76-53
"I think tomorrow we'll have a little more togetherness playing
added Wright. "I think we'll be able to do better in our offense."
Ryan is assisted by University of Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder and
Carolina University (N.C.) head coach Dee Stokes.
The USA team's pre-World University Games action continues tomorrow
face Canada, 87-70 losers to China in their tournament opener Tuesday,
7:00 p.m. (and concludes on Thursday, Aug. 16 against China at 8:15
The 2001 World University Games is expected to feature 19 teams that
been divided into four preliminary round pools. The United States
Pool B with Canada, Japan and South Africa. The U.S. squad opens
competition on Aug. 22 facing South Africa at 11:00 a.m., then meets
on Aug. 23 at 8:30 a.m., and concludes preliminary play against Japan
Aug. 25 at 7:00 p.m. Tournament quarterfinals play gets underway Aug.
with semifinals being conducted Aug. 30 and the medal games being
The World University Games, held every two years and organized by
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
the past year, a student at a college or university.
The USA Women have enjoyed outstanding success in the World University
Games and have earned 11 medals in 12 appearances, including four
six silvers and one bronze medal, and have compiled an overall record
68-14 (82.9 winning percentage) since beginning World University Games
in 1973. In the last competition, which was held in Palma de Mallorca,
Spain, the U.S. finished with a 4-2 record and the silver medal. The
Women last earned the World University Games gold in Sicily in 1997.
Zhangjiagang Tournament Schedule / Results
All times are local
Beijing, China time which is 12 hours ahead of EDT.
Tuesday, August 14
USA 76, Australia 53
China 87, Canada 70
Wednesday, August 15
7:00 p.m. USA vs. Canada
8:15 p.m. China vs. Australia
Thursday, August 16
7:00 p.m. Canada vs. Australia
8:15 p.m. USA vs. China