Basketball World University Games Team Falls to Canada, 68-67
Zuzi Klimesova Helps Lead Czech
Republic Team to 105-61 Win over Peru
World University Games Schedule
August 23, 2001
- The USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team (1-1) fell
to Canada (2-0) in the final minutes of Thursday afternoon's preliminary
round game. The USA Women conclude World University Games preliminary
round play on Saturday, Aug. 25 against Japan (1-1) at 7:00 p.m. (local).
The winner will claim second place in preliminary pool B and advance
to the medal quarterfinal pools. Vanderbilt's Chantelle Anderson
played for 22 minutes and was 4-7 from the field 1-4 from the line
and totaled seven rebounds. Ashley McElhiney was 1-1 from the field
with one assist in six minutes of play.
"I felt like
we were a little sluggish at the start," said USA Basketball
Women's World University Games and University of Virginia head coach
Debbie Ryan. "We had a good start, I substituted and we lost
our momentum and it was very difficult to get it back. We never really
got back into a rhythm. We didn't play very good defense today and
that was the difference in the game. Yesterday we played great defense,
today we were nonexistent and that was really the complete difference
in the 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
two consecutive 3-pointers to take their first lead of the game, 16-15,
with 2:37 left in the first ten minutes. Two free throws from Jenny
Roulier (Colorado / Englewood, Colo.) put the USA back on top by one,
but Canada responded with a jumper with 33 seconds left to close out
the first quarter with an 18-17 lead. 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 Chrissy Floyd
(Clemson / Laurens, S.C.) 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, reaching
their biggest lead of the game, 40-32, with 5:57 on the clock. 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 third quarter, but with 1:09 left
in the game, Canada hit a jumper to take their first lead of the second
half, 68-67. The USA women could not convert offensively and was forced
to foul the Canadians on the other end of the court. Canada missed
three free throw opportunities and was caused 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 lead for the win.
seconds to go on the clock, we didnt execute well," added
Ryan. We still had a chance to win, but we just missed too many
easy shots. Missed shots and defense were the difference."
Ryan is assisted by University of Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder and
East Carolina University (N.C.) head coach Dee Stokes.
The 2001 World University Games features 17 teams that have been divided
into four preliminary round pools. The United States is in Pool B
with Canada, Japan and South Africa. 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.