USA Women's World University Games Team Crushes Canada 89-41 For Second Win At Dong Du Cup
Team Effort Keeps USA Undefeated in Pre-Tournament


(August 15, 2001)
ZHANGJIAGANG, China
- Five Americans scored in the double
digits, including Chantelle Anderson with 10, and all 12 players put points on the board as the USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team (2-0) rolled over Canada (0-2) 89-41 to earn its second victory in the Dong Du Cup, a four-team round-robin tournament being played in preparation for the 2001 World University Games. Anderson was 4-5 from the field, 2-2 from the line and totaled four rebounds one assist and two steals in 17 minutes of play. Ashley McElhiney led the team in assists with a game-high five and totaled two points in 12 minutes of play.
The USA will face host China Thursday in the final game of the tournament
and will play Canada again on Aug. 23 in Beijing in the preliminary round
at the World University Games.

Stanford's Lindsey Yamaski (Oregon City, Ore.) recorded a game high 15
points while Chrissy Floyd (Clemson / Laurens, S.C.) and Cori Enghusen
(Stanford / Bothell, Wash.) each added 13. Purdue's Shereka Wright
(Copperas Cove, Texas) and Vanderbilt's Chantelle Anderson (Vancouver,
Wash.)
chipped in 11 and 10 respectively.

"I think we came together a lot better tonight than last night," said
Floyd. "Everybody pulled together which made for a great team effort.
Everybody was focused from the start and we just wanted to come out and
win. We set a couple of team goals before the game and we met them. We're
just going to keep working hard, stay focused and come back out tomorrow
ready to play."

Tennessee's Kara Lawson sank a jumper at the start of the game to put the
USA up 2-0. At the 7:40 mark, the Canadians took their only lead of the
game, 3-2, with a bucket and a free throw. The USA responded with a 15-4
run to end the first quarter ahead 18-7. In the second quarter, the USA
allowed the Canadians only seven points while scoring another 18, behind
five from Anderson, and headed into the locker room with a 36-17 lead.
In the second half the USA women gained momentum, outscoring Canada 53-24.
Yamaski sank three 3-pointers in two-and-a-half minutes and added two free
throws in the third quarter. Floyd scored eight of her 13 points in the
fourth quarter, while Ayana Walker (Louisiana Tech / Houston, Texas) added
six as the USA finished on top 89-41.

The USA women recorded 25 assists on 31 baskets, led by Ashley McElhiney's
(Vanderbilt / Gleason, Tenn.)
five assists. Additionally, the USA outrebounded Canada 48 to 29 behind seven rebounds from Yamasaki and six apiece from Lawson and Walker.

"I thought our defense was really what fueled us tonight," said USA Basketball Women's World University Games and University of Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan. "We played excellent defense and we had 25 assists which is really what made the difference offensively for us in the game. We were really sharing the basketball well and we were finishing much better than we did last night.

"I thought we had better legs tonight and a lot more energy and that really carried us," added Ryan. "We just came out with real focus tonight. We will definitely be a better team tomorrow than we were today. I feel really good about where we are and the way that we're playing right now." 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 training concludes Thursday
against host China at 8:15 p.m. The team travels to Beijing on Friday for
the 2001 World University Games.

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. All times are local Beijing, China time which is 12 hours ahead of EDT.
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 2 0
China 1 0
Australia 0 1
Canada 0 2

 

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
USA 89, Canada 41
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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