Basketball Opens the World University Games with a 134-37 Win over
Zuzi Klimesova Helps Lead
the Czech Republic to a 107-69 win over Tawain
World University Games Schedule
August 22, 2001
Beijing, China - 1999 World University Games Team member Ayana Walker
(Louisiana Tech / Houston, Texas) scored 27 points to lead the USA
Women's World University Games Team (1-0) in their 134-37 defeat over
South Africa (0-2) as competition got underway on Wednesday afternoon
in Beijing. Vanderbilt's Ashley McElhiney played for 17 minutes
and totaled a steal. Chantelle Anderson did not play in the game -
only 11 of the 15 players played in the contest for the US team. Zuzi
Klimesova helped lead the Czech Republic team to a 107-69 win over
Tawain in Pool A Preliminary Action.
The Americans dominated the entire game and with 4:43 to play in the
quarter held a 26-4 lead over South Africa. Walker recorded 11 of
points in the game's first ten minutes, while Purdue's Shereka Wright
(Copperas Cove, Texas) scored eight of her eventual 21 points during
time. Struggling to keep up with the USA's quickness, South African
committed five fouls in the game's first three minutes, sending the
women to the line nine times. The USA outscored South Africa 40-10
36-9 in the game's first two quarters respectively, while outrebounding
South Africa 21-7 in the first half.
The USA started the second half on a 14-0 run, leading 90-19 at the
mark. The Americans continued to increase their lead and stood ahead
points, 107-27, at the end of the third quarter and then sailed in
"It feels great to actually start competition," said Wright.
hanging out and training in China for a quite a while, so everybody's
to begin competition and to go for the gold medal."
Caton Hill (Oklahoma / Ada, Okla.) recorded 17 points, grabbed a team
eight rebounds and shot an impressive 9-10f rom the line. Rounding
list of scorers were Oregon's Shaquala Williams (Portland, Ore.) with
points, Standford's Lindsey Yamasaki (Oregon City, Ore.) with 12 and
Colorado's Jenny Roulier (Englewood, Colo.) with 10.
South Africa could not stand up to the American defense as the USA
35 South African turnovers while only giving up four.
"I thought that our defense really fueled our offense,"
said USA Basketball
Women's World University Games and University of Virginia head coach
Ryan. "We started the game off by really pressuring South Africa,
in the passing lane and pushing the ball, which helped us get to a
quick start. We scored 76 points in the first half which is a lot
points for one half. I was really pleased with the defensive effort
because that's what really fueled us.
"It was great to get started today," continued Ryan. "We
played the warm-up
tournament (Dong Du Cup) which was great, but then we had all of that
in between. Our players got a little bit antsy to play. Now we don't
much time off between now and when we go home. I think it's going
to be a
good tournament and this a very good start."
Ryan is assisted by University of Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder and
Carolina University (N.C.) head coach Dee Stokes.
The USA returns to action tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. at the Tsinghua University
Gymnasium as it faces Canada (1-0). The Americans defeated the Canadians
89-41 on Aug. 15 in the Dong Du Cup in Zhangjiagang, China.
"We played Canada once, but I think they've improved since then,"
Ryan. "They scored 88 points in a scrimmage yesterday against
think we're going to have to really buckle down and place good defense
control the boards like we did the first time. Making those easy shots
us is something that we're going to have to focus on better."
The USA Women conclude World University Games preliminary round play
Thursday, Aug. 16 against China at 7:00 p.m. (local).
The 2001 World University Games features 17 teams that have been divided
into four preliminary round pools. The United States is in Pool B
Canada, Japan and South Africa. Tournament quarterfinals play gets
underway Aug. 27, with semifinals being conducted Aug. 30 and the
games being held Aug. 31. All times are local Beijing, China time
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.