USA Women Hand 70-49 Loss to Lithuania
Head to Gold Medal Game

Zuzi Klimesova and the Czech Republic fall to China, play for bronze

2001 World University Games Schedule

August 30, 2001

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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," said
USA and University of Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan. "We had to prepare
very hard for Lithuania today. We knew they had very good players and we
were very concerned about their inside out game. We had to prepare this
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 spread
the floor so well."

In the game's first 54 seconds, the Lithuanians were held to the USA's side
of the court as the Americans went on a 7-0 scoring run and forced two
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. Ayana
Walker (Louisiana Tech / Houston, Texas) contributed 13 points in the second
quarter, while grabbing a game-high eight rebounds throughout the game.
Lithuania pulled within five points of the USA, 28-23, with 2:23 to go in
the first half, but that was as close as they would come as the USA women
responded with a 9-2 run to end the half with a 37-25 advantage over
Lithuania.

In the second half, the USA bench took over, extending the Americans‚ lead
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 / Ada,
Okla.) recorded five points and five rebounds. The USA team went up by as
many as 23 points with 3:44 to go, 67-44, before sailing in for the 70-49
win.

"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 the
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 we‚ll need to win
the gold."

Four USA players scored in the double digits as Walker tallied 15, Yamasaki
scored 13 and Lawson and Jenny Roulier (Colorado / Englewood, Colo.) added
11 and 10 respectively. The USA stole the ball 14 times while Lithuania came
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 Moody (Rocky
Mount, N.C.). "We have one more game to go and hopefully we'll come out with
the win."

"We've been here for three weeks so I think our team is just really excited
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 take
advantage of it."

The USA and China have played each other twice in the past two weeks with
the Americans winning both games. The first meeting was on Aug. 16 in
Zhangjiagang, China where the USA women defeated the Chinese 92-89 in the
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 earned
an 89-78 victory.

"China has an excellent team and they are very well balanced inside and
outside," added Ryan. "They have excellent players and an excellent coach.
They will be well prepared for us. We are going to be excited and prepared
because this is the gold medal game. We will be working very hard tomorrow
morning to get ready to play in the game."

Ryan is assisted by University of Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder and East
Carolina University (N.C.) head coach Dee Stokes.

The bronze medal game features Lithuania and the Czech Republic (5-2) at
3:00 p.m.

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 74-15 (83.1 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.

 

 
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