FIFTH PAN AMERICAN GAMES -- 1967
Winnipeg, Canada - July 24 - August 6, 1967
After capturing the gold medal at the first three Pan American Games, the United States saw its 'golden' streak halted as Brazil captured first-place honors at the 1967 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada. The USA women finished with the silver medal and a respectable 6-2 record, but both defeats came at the hands of a much improved Brazilian team that had lost to the U.S. in the 1963 Pan Am finals.
1967 USA RESULTS (6-2)
1967 PAN AM GAMES FINAL STANDINGS
The 1967 United States Pan American team was coached by Alberta Cox of the AAU Raytown Piperettes and featured seven players from Cox's Raytown Piperettes squad and the team also featured eight players from Cox' 1967 USA World Championship team that had finished 11th in the World Championship that was held April 14-23 in Czechoslovakia.
Unlike so many other USA teams, this team relied on its defense. Scoring an average of just 49.5 points a game, the USA's defense was the key, limiting opponents to just 48.1 points a game. In each of the United States' six victories, the U.S. women held their opponents to under 49 points.
Falling in the Games' opening contest against Brazil 60-42, the U.S. defeated in succession Mexico, 48-44, Canada, 59-46, and Cuba, 62-48. It's gold medal hopes still alive, the U.S. played Brazil much tougher the second time around, but still came out on the short end of a 59-54 score.
Rebounding from the loss to Brazil, the Americans went on to claim wins over Mexico, 52-42, Canada, 43-42, and Cuba, 51-44. Finishing 6-2, the U.S. claimed the silver medal, while Brazil won the gold with a perfect 8-0 record, and Canada earned the bronze with a 3-5 overall mark.
Leading the U.S. squad to its silver medal finish were Barbara Ann Sipes and Carole Phillips Aspedon, who averaged 13.5 ppg. and 11.5 ppg., respectively.
|Carole Phillips Aspedon||F||5-11||26||Raytown Piperettes||Kansas City, MO|
|Catherine Benedetto||G||5-10||21||Central Washington University||Salem, OR|
|Myrna DeBerry||C||6-6||20||Ouachita Baptist University||Hot Springs, AR|
|Mary Lois Finley||F||6-0||20||Hutcherson Queens (Wayland)||Claude, TX|
|Betty Gaule||F||20||Raytown Piperettes (Mo-K.C.)||Clearfield, IA|
|Lola Ham||G||5-6||20||Hutcherson Queens (Wayland)||LaVerne, OK|
|Judy Matlock||F||29||Raytown Piperettes (Mo-K.C.)||Pryor, OK|
|Carolyn Miller||F||5-10||29||Houston Jets (Wayland Baptist)||Palestine, TX|
|Annette Kay Rutt||G||22||Raytown Piperettes (Ill. St.)||Sterling, IL|
|Barbara Ann Sipes||C||6-3||32||Raytown Piperettes (Iowa Wes.)||Kansas City, MO|
|Mauriece Smith||G||25||Raytown Piperettes (Mo-K.C.)||Overland Park, KS|
|Dixie Woodall||F||27||Raytown Piperettes||Kansas City, MO|
|HEAD COACH: Alberta Cox, Raytown Piperettes (MO)|
|ASSISTANT COACH: Olan Ruble, Iowa Wesleyan College|
|MANAGER: Margaret Downing, Southern State College (AR)|
1967 USA Women's Pan American Games Cumulative Statistics
|Barbara Ann Sipes||8||
|C. Phillips Aspedon||8||
|Mary Lois Finley||8||
|Lola Faye Ham||8||
|Annette Kay Rutt||2||
NOTE: United States' official point totals is 411, however cumulative statistics total only 396. Fifteen points remain unaccountable.