Women Defeat Brazil, 82-62
Klimesova and the Czech Republic
defeat the Netherlands, 85-42
a USA and Czech Republic Win, the two teams could meet for the Gold
World University Games Schedule
August 29, 2001
- The USA Basketball Womens World University Games Team (5-1)
defeated Brazil (3-4) 82-62 Wednesday night and advances to the medal
semifinal round. Standfords Cori Enghusen (Bothell, Wash.) lead
the squad in scoring with 13 points while Oklahomas Caton Hill
(Ada, Okla.) recorded 12 points, five rebounds and 3 steals. With
the win, the USA women claim first place in pool E and will face Lithuania
(5-2) on Aug. 30 at 3:00 p.m. at the University Students Gym.
Chantelle Anderson totaled six points and five rebounds in 12
minutes of play and Ashley McElhiney totaled one rebound and one assist
in 12 minutes of play.
Brazil kicked off the game with a 7-2 run which was answered by eight
American points. The teams traded baskets and leads for most of the
first period and at the end of the quarter the USA held a slight 19-15
advantage over the Brazilians. In the second quarter, the USA bench
expanded the teams lead behind eight from Caton Hill and four
from Oregons Shaquala Williams (Portland, Ore.). With 1:56 to
play in the second period, the USA squad led 37-27. The USA was called
for 17 fouls in the first half, sending Brazil to the free throw line
19 times, while Brazil was only called for seven fouls and the USA
players never went to the line in the games first 20 minutes.
Brazil went on a 5-0 run to close out the first half and a 7-0 run
to start off the third period, taking over the lead, 38-37, at the
9:04 mark. The Americans responded with a 30-6 run to close out the
third quarter 67-44. In the fourth quarter, the USA extended their
lead to as many as 29 before cruising in for their 82-62 victory.
Four players scored in the double digits including Enghusen, Hill
Lindsey Yamasaki (Stanford / Oregon City, Ore.) and Shereka Wight
(Purdue / Copperas Cove, Texas) who chipped in ten points apiece.
The USA squad outrebounded Brazil 36-27. Ayana Walker (Louisiana Tech
/ Houston, Texas) grabbed a team-high six rebounds while Hills
five rebounds were matched by Wright, Carisse Moody (North Carolina
State / Rocky Mount, N.C.) and Chantelle Anderson (Vanderbilt / Vancouver,
"We were a little sluggish to start the game," said USA
and University of Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan. "I thought
we had to play with more energy. We came out in the second half and
put the game away. I was able to play a lot of players which was good
because we were getting tired. Weve had two bad beginning games
and weve had two very good starts. We battle back well in the
second half. Once we get warmed up and on track we seem to play better."
"I think we all knew it was going to be a game that we werent
going to come in fired up for," said Yamasaki. "We have
been playing well and knew we were going to advance to the semifinals
anyway. We came out in the first half and didnt play well because
we didnt play our type of basketball. In the second half we
came back out and knew what we needed to do. People stepped up and
everyone was able to contribute."
"I think our bench did a really good job of coming out and picking
up for the players who needed a rest for the upcoming games,"
said Hill. "We needed a win and we got it and we gave our players
who get a lot of minutes a rest and thats what our main goal
was. I think tomorrows semifinal will be a good game either
way. Whichever team (Canada or Lithuania) comes, we have to focus
on beating them. We cant get held up on grudges. We just have
to play hard against either team."
The USA - Lithuania semifinal game will be followed by the Czech Republic
(5-1) - China game (5-1). The winners will advance to the gold medal
game which will be played on Aug. 31 at 7:00 p.m. at the Capital Gymnasium.
All times are local Beijing, China time which is 12 hours ahead of
EDT. Ryan is assisted by University of Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder
and East Carolina University (N.C.) head coach Dee Stokes.
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 73-15 (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.