Aug. 15, 2001
ZHANGJIAGANG, China - Five Americans scored in the double digits and all 12 players put points on the board as the USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team (2-0) rolled over Canada (0-2) 89-41 to earn its second victory in the Dong Du Cup, a four-team round-robin tournament being played in preparation for the 2001 World University Games.
Oklahoma's Caton Hill shot 66.7 percent from the field, hitting two of three shots. The power forward also grabbed two offensive and two defensive rebounds, had three assists and two steals in 14 minutes of action.
The USA will face host China Thursday in the final game of the tournament and will play Canada again on Aug. 23 in Beijing in the preliminary round at the World University Games.
Stanford's Lindsey Yamaski (Oregon City, Ore.) recorded a game high 15 points while Chrissy Floyd (Clemson / Laurens, S.C.) and Cori Enghusen (Stanford / Bothell, Wash.) each added 13. Purdue's Shereka Wright (Copperas Cove, Texas) and Vanderbilt's Chantelle Anderson (Vancouver, Wash.) chipped in 11 and 10 respectively.
"I think we came together a lot better tonight than last night," said Floyd. "Everybody pulled together which made for a great team effort. Everybody was focused from the start and we just wanted to come out and win. We set a couple of team goals before the game and we met them. We're just going to keep working hard, stay focused and come back out tomorrow ready to play."
Tennessee's Kara Lawson sank a jumper at the start of the game to put the USA up 2-0. At the 7:40 mark, the Canadians took their only lead of the game, 3-2, with a bucket and a free throw. The USA responded with a 15-4 run to end the first quarter ahead 18-7. In the second quarter, the USA allowed the Canadians only seven points while scoring another 18, behind five from Anderson, and headed into the locker room with a 36-17 lead.
In the second half the USA women gained momentum, outscoring Canada 53-24. Yamaski sank three 3-pointers in two-and-a-half minutes and added two free throws in the third quarter. Floyd scored eight of her 13 points in the fourth quarter, while Ayana Walker (Louisiana Tech / Houston, Texas) added six as the USA finished on top 89-41.
The USA women recorded 25 assists on 31 baskets, led by Ashley McElhiney's (Vanderbilt / Gleason, Tenn.) five assists. Additionally, the USA outrebounded Canada 48 to 29 behind seven rebounds from Yamasaki and six apiece from Lawson and Walker.
"I thought our defense was really what fueled us tonight," said USA Basketball Women's World University Games and University of Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan. "We played excellent defense and we had 25 assists which is really what made the difference offensively for us in the game. We were really sharing the basketball well and we were finishing much better than we did last night.
"I thought we had better legs tonight and a lot more energy and that really carried us," added Ryan. "We just came out with real focus tonight. We will definitely be a better team tomorrow than we were today. I feel really good about where we are and the way that we're playing right now."