FOURTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN -- 1964
Lima, Peru - April 18 - May 4, 1964
Originally slated to be held in 1963, the Fourth World Championship was postponed several times while some of the venues were completed. When the competition finally did take place, it was historic because for the '64 World Championship featured 13 nations, including for the first time the top teams from the Americas, Europe and Asia.
1964 USA RESULTS (5-4)
1964 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL STANDINGS
This World Championship was also intriguing because of the potential for a USA-USSR showdown. The USA had captured the first two women's World Championship titles in 1957 and 1953, beating the Soviets in the 1957 finale. However, the United States did not participate in the 1959 World Championship which was held in Moscow, where the host Soviets claimed top honors. The basketball world was looking forward to another USA-USSR showdown.
Opening the preliminary round with successive wins over France, 48-37, and Paraguay, 54-39, the U.S. was stunned 52-39 in the final game of the preliminary stage by Bulgaria, the silver medalist at the 1959 World Championship, Still, by virtue of its second place finish in its pool competition, the USA advanced into the final round.
Things in the final round did not begin well for the Americans. Czechoslovakia handed the Americans their second straight loss, bettering the U.S. team 50-31. The U.S. regrouped and reeled off two consecutive wins, including a 59-38 drubbing of host Peru and behind a strong second half rally defeated Brazil 51-43. The Soviet Union loomed next for the U.S., and the Soviets led by just three at half, 20-17. But behind a USSR second half offensive explosion that saw the Soviets outscore the U.S. 51-20, the U.S. suffered a 71-37 loss. For the second time in the competition, Bulgaria again got the better of the U.S. team recording a 46-42 victory. Closing against Yugoslavia, the American women rallied from a 22-16 halftime deficit to capture a 50-46 win.
The Soviet Union emerged from the 1964 World Championship with the gold medal and an unblemished 6-0 record in the final round. Czechoslovakia earned the silver medal, and Bulgaria captured the bronze.
|Opal Bogard||G||5-9||22||Wayland Baptist College||Bula, TX|
|Alberta Cox||G||5-8||Raytown Piperettes||Raytown, MO|
|Rita Horky||G||5-11||27||Nashville Business College||Blissfield, MI|
|Margie Hunt||G||5-8||22||Wayland Baptist College||Camargo, OK|
|Doris McDermitt||F||5-9||21||Wayland Baptist College||Dimmit, TX|
|Patsy Neal||F||5-10||26||Salt Lake City Lakers||Elberton, GA|
|Peg Peterson||F||5-7||22||Iowa Weslyan College||Iowa|
|Carole Phillips||F/C||5-11||23||Topeka Boosters||Iowa|
|Betty Ransom||C||5-10||22||Wayland Baptist College||Claude, TX|
|Doris Rogers||F||5-8||20||Nashville Business College||Seymour, TN|
|Betty Searles||C||5-11||20||Nashville Business College||Spiro, OK|
|Cindy Wigington||C||6-1||19||Wayland Baptist College||Altus, OK|
|HEAD COACH: Harley Redin, Wayland Baptist College (TX)|
|MANAGER: Ruth Webster, Topeka, KS|
|TEAM PHYSICIAN: Robert Jones|
|CAPTAIN: Patsy Neal|
1964 USA Women's World Championship Cumulative Statistics
|USA TOTALS||9||411/ 45.7|
|OPP. TOTALS||9||422/ 46.9|
NOTE: 1964 USA Women's World Championship individual player cumulative statistics are not available