Aug. 18, 2011
Aug. 18, 2011
2011 World University Games Official Page
SHENZHEN, China - Day 6 action heated up at the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen, China as the team sports continued medal-round play. Stanford athletes played a big role in helping the U.S. women's basketball and women's water polo teams into the semifinal rounds of their respective tournaments.
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The United States continued its unbeaten roll through the tournament with a 96-60 rout of Finland in Thursday's quarterfinal contest.
Nnemkadi and Chiney Ogwumike played well once again as members of the U.S. starting five, each grabbing six rebounds. Nnemkadi went 6-for-9 from the field for 12 points while also recording three assists and a pair of steals, while Chiney went 5-of-7 from the field for 10 points with a block.
The U.S., which led 32-10 after the opening period and 53-17 at halftime, out-rebounded the Finns 61-30.
Next up for the Red, White and Blue in the semifinal round is unbeaten Australia. Tip-off is set for 5:30 a.m. PT Friday morning, Aug. 19.
Stanford sophomore Andie Taylor reached her second A Final of the World University Games, finishing seventh in the 200-meter butterfly with a time of 2:12.94.
Taylor had also reached the A Finals of the 400 IM on Tuesday, as each of Stanford's freshman class of Taylor, Maya DiRado and Felicia Lee have reached two finals at the World University Games.
U.S. coaching staff members Tim Ghormley, Ken Kitagawa and Reynaldo Soriano saw one member of the U.S. squad, Rene Chen, finish eighth in the women's individual poomsae competition.
Women's Water Polo
The Stanford trio of goalie Amber Oland and drivers Alyssa Lo and Pallavi Menon helped the U.S. into the semifinals with an 11-8 come-from-behind victory over Great Britain.
Facing off against what will be Great Britain's Olympic team next summer in London, the U.S. fell behind 4-2 after the opening eight minutes. But behind a defensive effort anchored by Oland, which held the Brits scoreless in the second frame, the Americans pulled even by halftime. Four goals in the third frame gave the U.S. an 8-6 lead that it would not relinquish the rest of the way.
Oland went the distance in the contest, making eight saves. Menon scored two goals for the U.S. while Lo assisted on a goal.
The U.S. will now face Italy in Saturday's semifinals. The opening sprint is set for 2:30 p.m. local time (10:30 p.m. PT Friday night).