USA Basketball Opens the World University Games with a 134-37 Win over South Africa;
Zuzi Klimesova Helps Lead the Czech Republic to a 107-69 win over Tawain

2001 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 first
quarter held a 26-4 lead over South Africa. Walker recorded 11 of her 27
points in the game's first ten minutes, while Purdue's Shereka Wright
(Copperas Cove, Texas) scored eight of her eventual 21 points during that
time. Struggling to keep up with the USA's quickness, South African
committed five fouls in the game's first three minutes, sending the USA
women to the line nine times. The USA outscored South Africa 40-10 and
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 6:28
mark. The Americans continued to increase their lead and stood ahead by 80
points, 107-27, at the end of the third quarter and then sailed in for the
134-37 win.

"It feels great to actually start competition," said Wright. "We've been
hanging out and training in China for a quite a while, so everybody's happy
to begin competition and to go for the gold medal."

Caton Hill (Oklahoma / Ada, Okla.) recorded 17 points, grabbed a team high
eight rebounds and shot an impressive 9-10f rom the line. Rounding out the
list of scorers were Oregon's Shaquala Williams (Portland, Ore.) with 16
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 forced
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 Debbie
Ryan. "We started the game off by really pressuring South Africa, getting
in the passing lane and pushing the ball, which helped us get to a really
quick start. We scored 76 points in the first half which is a lot of
points for one half. I was really pleased with the defensive effort though
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 time
in between. Our players got a little bit antsy to play. Now we don't have
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 East
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," said
Ryan. "They scored 88 points in a scrimmage yesterday against Taipei. I
think we're going to have to really buckle down and place good defense and
control the boards like we did the first time. Making those easy shots for
us is something that we're going to have to focus on better."

The USA Women conclude World University Games preliminary round play on
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 with
Canada, Japan and South Africa. 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 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 68-14 (82.9 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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