Women Hand 70-49 Loss to Lithuania
Head to Gold Medal Game
Klimesova and the Czech Republic fall to China, play for bronze
World University Games Schedule
August 30, 2001
BEIJING, China -
Controlling the game from start to finish, the USA Basketball Women's
World University Games Team (6-1) easily defeated Lithuania (5-3),
70-49, to earn a spot in the gold medal game against China (6-1) Aug.
31 at 7:00 p.m. at the Capital Gymnasium.
"Our pressure defense bothered Lithuania a little bit and we
were able to
get a good lead to start the game which we never really relinquished,"
USA and University of Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan. "We had
very hard for Lithuania today. We knew they had very good players
were very concerned about their inside out game. We had to prepare
morning for their offensive game because they are such a great offensive
team. We spent most of our time on how to defend them because they
the floor so well."
In the game's first 54 seconds, the Lithuanians were held to the USA's
of the court as the Americans went on a 7-0 scoring run and forced
Lithuanian turnovers. Nine points from Tennessee's Kara Lawson (Alexandria,
Va.) put the USA squad ahead 18-9 at the end of the first period.
Walker (Louisiana Tech / Houston, Texas) contributed 13 points in
quarter, while grabbing a game-high eight rebounds throughout the
Lithuania pulled within five points of the USA, 28-23, with 2:23 to
the first half, but that was as close as they would come as the USA
responded with a 9-2 run to end the half with a 37-25 advantage over
In the second half, the USA bench took over, extending the Americans
to 21, 57-36, at the end of the third quarter. Lindsey Yamasaki (Stanford
Oregon City, Ore.) sank three 3-pointers while Caton Hill (Oklahoma
Okla.) recorded five points and five rebounds. The USA team went up
many as 23 points with 3:44 to go, 67-44, before sailing in for the
"It's hard to play four games in four days," said Lawson.
"You have to
credit our subs today. Caton (Hill) had a great game and then Lindsey
(Yamasaki) came in and played well along with Shaq (Williams). That's
strength of our team - depth. We're able to wear teams down and pull
away. I'm just happy to be on a team with 12 solid players which well
need to win
Four USA players scored in the double digits as Walker tallied 15,
scored 13 and Lawson and Jenny Roulier (Colorado / Englewood, Colo.)
11 and 10 respectively. The USA stole the ball 14 times while Lithuania
up with only four steals.
"We set our goal when we started out in Colorado that we wanted
to come here
and get the gold medal," said North Carolina State's Carisse
Mount, N.C.). "We have one more game to go and hopefully we'll
come out with
"We've been here for three weeks so I think our team is just
to be right there in the gold medal game which was our goal all along,"
added Lawson. "We have a great opportunity and hopefully we'll
advantage of it."
The USA and China have played each other twice in the past two weeks
the Americans winning both games. The first meeting was on Aug. 16
Zhangjiagang, China where the USA women defeated the Chinese 92-89
final game of the Dong Du Cup. The teams met again on Aug. 28 in the
quarterfinal round of the World University Games where the Americans
an 89-78 victory.
"China has an excellent team and they are very well balanced
outside," added Ryan. "They have excellent players and an
They will be well prepared for us. We are going to be excited and
because this is the gold medal game. We will be working very hard
morning to get ready to play in the game."
Ryan is assisted by University of Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder and
Carolina University (N.C.) head coach Dee Stokes.
The bronze medal game features
Lithuania and the Czech Republic (5-2) at
The World University Games, held every two years and organized by
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
past year, a student at a college or university. The USA Women have
outstanding success in the World University Games and have earned
in 12 appearances, including four golds, six silvers and one bronze
and have compiled an overall record of 74-15 (83.1 winning percentage)
beginning World University Games play in 1973. In the last competition,
which was held in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, the U.S. finished with
record and the silver medal. The USA Women last earned the World University
Games gold in Sicily in 1997.