USA 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 by more
than four points. With 3:54 to play in the first half, Oklahoma's Caton
Hill (Ada, Okla.) sank two free throws to give the United States the lead.
Jenny Roulier (Colorado / Englewood, Colo.) added five of her eventual 12
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 were pretty
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 that
was really the difference in the game. Our defensive pressure made the
difference in us getting started and helping us offensively."

The USA defense held Australia to seven points in the third quarter. Ayana
Walker (Louisiana Tech / Houston, Texas), who recorded the game's only
double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, led the USA in outrebounding
Australia 54-26, while Carisse Moody (North Carolina State / Rocky Mount,
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 victory.

"I think tomorrow we'll have a little more togetherness playing out there,"
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 East
Carolina University (N.C.) head coach Dee Stokes.

The USA team's pre-World University Games action continues tomorrow as they
face Canada, 87-70 losers to China in their tournament opener Tuesday, at
7:00 p.m. (and concludes on Thursday, Aug. 16 against China at 8:15 p.m.

The 2001 World University Games is expected to feature 19 teams that have
been divided into four preliminary round pools. The United States is in
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 Canada
on Aug. 23 at 8:30 a.m., and concludes preliminary play against Japan on
Aug. 25 at 7:00 p.m. Tournament quarterfinals play gets underway Aug. 27,
with semifinals being conducted Aug. 30 and the medal games being held Aug.
31.

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 USA Women have enjoyed outstanding success in the World University
Games and have earned 11 medals in 12 appearances, including four golds,
six silvers and one bronze medal, and have compiled an overall record of
68-14 (82.9 winning percentage) since beginning World University Games play
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 USA
Women last earned the World University Games gold in Sicily in 1997.


2001 Zhangjiagang Tournament Schedule / Results

  Won Lost
USA 1 0
China 1 0
Australia 0 1
Canada 0 1

 

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

 

 
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