Basketball World University Games Team Advances to Medal Round with
Win over Japan
Czech Republic Falls to China, 91-65,
but still advances to Medal Round
World University Games Schedule
August 25, 2001
BEIJING, China -
In their final game of preliminary round play, the USA Basketball
Women's World University Games Team (2-1), beat out Japan (1-2), 106-66,
for second place in pool B and one of eight spots in the medal round.
All 12 Americans scored against the Japanese, with Ashley McElhiney
totaling 11 points and a game-high four steals in just 13 minutes
of play. Chantelle Anderson totald foour points, four rebounds and
two blocked shots. The USA squad begins three days of quarterfinal
play on Monday, August 27 against Russia at 11:00 a.m (local). Zuzi
Klimesova's Czech Republic team fell to China, 91-65, but advanced
to the medial round also.
"Obviously we're excited," said Lawson. "We had our
backs against the wall
coming into this game knowing we had to win in order to advance to
round. We're happy that we're about to start over with a clean slate
"Japan is a great offensive team," continued Lawson. "They
shoot the three
very well and they penetrate and they'll bring your post out. Going
knew we had to stop them from scoring. We didn't hit our shots against
Canada very well, but we were confident that they were going to fall
Japan went up 2-0 to start the game; however that would be their only
of the game as the Americans responded with nine unanswered points,
21-16 at the end of the first quarter. With 7:12 to play in the second
period, the Japanese hit two consecutive 3-pointers to come within
point of the USA, 23-22. But that was as close as Japan would get
Walker (Louisiana Tech / Houston, Texas) scored six points in the
minutes of the half to put the U.S. squad on top 42-32.
In the second half, the USA team picked up the pace, outscoring Japan
in the third quarter and 31ö16 in the fourth, cruising to their 106-66
victory over Japan. Walker finished with 18 points, followed by Stanford's
Lindsey Yamasaki (Oregon City, Ore.) and Vanderbilt's Ashley McElhiney
(Gleason, Tenn.) with 14 and 11 respectively. The USA women held Japan
29.4% (5-17) from behind the arc, while shooting 72.2% (13-18) themselves
from 3-point range.
"I think we focused a little bit better on playing with our hearts
than trying to force things," said USA Basketball Women's World
Games and University of Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan. "We
down a little bit in terms of focusing on what we had to do today,
worrying about tomorrow and not thinking about yesterday. We really
went out and played good defense which is what fueled our offense
us the lead early. Then we really started to execute on offense which
helped a lot."
"This win was really refreshing," said Caton Hill (Oklahoma
/ Ada, Okla.) .
"In the last game (versus Canada) we lost our flow and our chemistry,
in this game we definitely found them. We had fun playing today and
against Canada we lost the feeling of fun during the game. Japan was
definitely a great win for us."
With the win the USA women claim second place in preliminary pool
sending them into quarterfinal pool E with Brazil, China and Russia.
squad will face Russia on Aug. 27 at 11:00 a.m., then meet China on
at 11:00 a.m., and will conclude quarterfinal play against Brazil
29 at 7:00 p.m. All times are local.
"In the next pool we're going to face tougher competition in
way," added Ryan. "Japan was a very difficult team to play
play such a difficult style. Now we'll settle down with teams that
more our style of basketball. We'll face very good opponents with
China and Brazil in our bracket. It'll be a very difficult pool, but
be ready. We played very well tonight and I think we definitely learned
our lesson playing Canada."
Ryan is assisted by University of Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder and
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. 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
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
the past year, a student at a college or university. The USA Women
enjoyed outstanding success in the World University Games and have
11 medals in 12 appearances, including four golds, six silvers and
bronze medal, and have compiled an overall record of 68-14 (82.9 winning
percentage) since beginning World University Games play in 1973. In
last competition, which was held in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, the
finished with a 4-2 record and the silver medal. The USA Women last
the World University Games gold in Sicily in 1997.