Women Conquers China, 89-78
Chantelle Anderson totals 10 points
and four rebounds
Klimesova and the Czech Republic defeat Canada, 70-68
World University Games Schedule
August 28, 2001
Vanderbilt's Chantelle Anderson totaled 10 points, four rebounds
and two steals as the USA Basketball Womens World University
Games Team (4-1) seized back its lead in the second half to claim
an 89-78 victory over China (4-1). Purdue sophomore-to-be Shereka
Wright (Copperas Cove, Texas) scored a game high 23 points, while
Louisiana Techs Ayana Walker (Houston, Texas) recorded the games
only double-double with 17 points and a game high 12 rebounds. Ashley
McElhiney played for three minutes in the contest. The USA concludes
quarterfinal round play tomorrow against Brazil (3-3) at 7:00 p.m.
at the University Students Gym.
We came out with focus and we were ready to play, said
Jenny Roulier who totaled 12 points. I think we handled adversity
during this game very well. We focus well when were down because
we know what can happen potentially. The! ! ! team is really excited,
but were not too excited yet. We just need this as a lift into
the next three games.
The Americans went up 10-2 to start the game and led by as many as
nine points in the first period, ending the first quarter on top of
China 21-15. In the second quarter, Chinas defensive pressure
cut the USAs lead to two with 3:51 to go in the first half.
China took the lead for the first time in the game at the 2:56 mark
and went into the locker room with a 45-40 advantage over the USA
The Chinese held onto their lead to start the second half. At the
4:15 mark in the third period, Roulier made a 3-pointer to give the
USA the lead for good, 56-54. On the next possession Roulier made
another three point play with a layup and a free throw, extending
the teams lead to 59-54. The Americans slowly pulled away from
China in the games last ten minutes as Roulier ad! ! ! ded five
more points and Kara Lawson (Tennessee / Alexandria, Va.) recorded
11 of her 16 points in the fourth quarter. The USAs largest
lead over China was the 11 point 89-78 win.
We needed this win, said Walker. We started out
really well today and then went into a slump, but after halftime everybody
played together to make sure we were going to win this game. Were
feeling really great right now, but we still cant take Brazil
for granted. We still need to come in focused, but right now, were
feeling really good.
Five players scored in the double digits including Roulier who finished
with 12 and Chantelle Anderson (Vanderbilt / Vancouver, Wash.)
who scored 10 points, along with Wright, Walker and Lawson. The
USA team outrebounded the Chinese 35 to 15.
I thought we focused really well today in terms of being aggressive
offensively, said USA ! ! ! and University of Virginia head
coach Debbie Ryan. And we came out with our guns loaded. Then
we took what the defense gave us, unfortunately we had a little bit
of a lull when China started pressing. We didnt handle their
pressure very well and they came back. After halftime, we were much
better and we wore them down a little bit with our pressure.
Russia and China are huge wins for us, continued Ryan.
The problem now is not to have a letdown. Were going to
have somewhat of a letdown tomorrow just because thats a normal
reaction. I think our team has to be very mature in the way we approach
tomorrows game because we dont want to get too high with
todays win. We just want to win and move on.
The 2001 World University Games quarterfinals play continues through
Aug. 29, with semifinals being conducted Aug. 30 and the medal games
! ! ! being held Aug. 31. The top two teams from pools E and F will
advance to the medal semifinals. 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 72-15 (82.7 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.