Lindsey Yamasaki

Lindsey Yamasaki
Personal information
Born (1980-06-02) June 2, 1980
Oregon City, Oregon
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school Oregon City (Oregon City, Oregon)
College Stanford (1998–2002)
WNBA draft 2002 / Round: 2 / Pick: 29th overall
Selected by the Miami Sol
Playing career 2002–2006
Position Forward
Career history
2002 Miami Sol
2003 New York Liberty
2003 Botas Spor
2004 Chicago Blaze
2004 Ceyhan Belediyespor
2005–2006 San Jose Spiders

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

She was born in Oregon City, Oregon 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.[6]

USA Basketball

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.[7]


  1. "Nichi Bei Times article". 2007-11-15. Retrieved 2007-11-30.
  2. 1 2 "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. "Academy of Art University Athletics - 2010-2011 Women's Basketball Coaching Staff". Academy of Art University. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  7. "Twentieth World University Games -- 2001". USA Basketball. Archived from the original on 7 September 2015. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
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