Lindsey Yamasaki

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Lindsey Yamasaki
Forward
Born (1980-06-02) June 2, 1980 (age 34)
Oregon City, Oregon
Nationality USA, Japanese American
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg)
High school Oregon City High School
College Stanford University
Draft 2nd round, 29th pick overall, 2002
Miami Sol
WNBA career 2002–2006
WNBA teams
Miami Sol (2002)
New York Liberty (2003)
Botas Spor (Turkey, 2003)
Chicago Blaze (2004)
Ceyhan Belediyespor (Turkey, 2004)
San Jose Spiders (2005–2006)
Awards and honors
None

Lindsey Brooke Yamasaki (born June 2, 1980 in Oregon City, Oregon) is an American former professional women's basketball player.

She was born to Syd and Kriss Yamasaki. She has a sister named Britt, and a brother named Kobi. Lindsey attended Oregon City High School where she led the women's basketball team to four Oregon state championships and finished #1 in the USA Today national rankings for three years. Lindsey was one of the most sought-after recruits for college basketball when she graduated in 1998 and was named the most highly recruited female athlete of 1998.[1] Yamasaki was named a WBCA All-American.[2] She participated in the WBCA High School All-America Game, where she scored sixteen points, and earned MVP honors.[2][3]

On full scholarship at Stanford University, Lindsey led the team to the Pac-10 regular season championship in her senior season, 2001-2002. Lindsey's Stanford women's basketball teams made the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball tournaments every year, but never won more than two games. Lindsey's 4-year statistics at Stanford were 13.9 points per game, 44.3% field goal percentage, 38.9% 3-point field goal percentage.[4]

During the 2002 WNBA Draft, 6'2" Lindsey was the 13th pick in the 2nd round (29th overall) to the now-defunct Miami Sol, averaging 3.5 points per game in 15 games in 2002.[5] In 2003, Lindsey played 24 games for the New York Liberty averaging 0.7 points. She also played in the National Women's Basketball League for the San Jose Spiders, in Turkish Women's Basketbol League for Ceyhan Belediyespor and Botas Spor as well as for the San Antonio Silver Stars where she tore her right Achilles in June 2005. In 2006 she trained with the Seattle Storm in pre-season and was released by the team in May 2006 after which she decided to retire.

In 2008, she was named as the first head coach of the first ever Women's Basketball Team at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

USA Basketball[edit]

Yamasaki was selected to be a member of the team representing the USA at the 2001 World University Games held in Beijing, China. After winning the opening game easily, the USA team faced Canada and lost a close game 68–67. The USA team defeated Japan to earn a spot in the quarterfinals. The USA team fell behind by 12 points against undefeated Russia, but came back to win the game by eleven points. The next game was against the unbeaten host team China, and the USA team won 89–78. The USA team won their next two games to set up the gold medal game; a rematch against the host team. China would stay close early, but the USA team prevailed and won the gold medal with a score of 87–67. Yamasaki averaged 6.9 points per game.[6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Nichi Bei Times article". 2007-11-15. Retrieved 2007-11-30. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b "WBCA High School All-America Game Box Scores". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 29 Jun 2014. 
  3. ^ "WBCA High School All-America Game Team MVP's". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 29 Jun 2014. 
  4. ^ "Stanford Women's Basketball Archives". 
  5. ^ "Yahoo! Sports: Lindsey Yamasaki". Retrieved 2007-11-30. 
  6. ^ "TWENTIETH WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES -- 2001". USA Basketball. Retrieved 27 Apr 2014. 

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