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FOURTEENTH PAN AMERICAN GAMES -- 2003

FOURTEENTH PAN AMERICAN GAMES -- 2003

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - August 2-9, 2003


Capturing the women's basketball shiny silver hardware at the 2003 Pan American Games was a bright-eyed USA team that began training only two weeks prior to the event. It was a team made up young college players who faced more powerful and experienced teams from Cuba and Brazil, both composed of former Olympians.

2003 Women
2003 USA Women's Pan American Games Team


2003 USA RESULTS (5-2)
Cuba 84 USA 62
USA 56 Canada 53
USA 77 Brazil 64
USA 93 Argentina 78
USA 109 Dominican Rep. 54
USA 75 Brazil 69(OT)
Cuba 75 USA 64

2003 PAN AMERICAN GAMES FINAL STANDINGS

1. Cuba (6-1)
2. USA (5-2)
3. Brazil (5-2)
4. Canada (2-5)
5. Argentina (1-4)
6. Dominican Republic (0-5)

 

Considering all those factors, the USA's impressive 5-2 record and capturing of the silver medal was a remarkable journey. Several USA team and individual record-breaking performances will go into the U.S. Pan Am history book.

The USA's silver medal showing was a total team effort. Featuring five different players who finished as the team's top scorer in the USA's seven games, the United States boasted of eight players who finished scoring between 11.3 points and 5.0 points a game. Brunson finished the competition as the USA's leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 11.3 points and 5.6 rebounds a game, while shooting a stellar 57.1 percent from the field. The USA's balanced scoring attack was also assisted by Carey, who scored 9.6 ppg. on 46.4 percent shooting from 3-point, Benningfield added 9.1 ppg., Koehn contributed 8.9 ppg., and Strother tossed in 7.9 ppg.

The USA opened Pan American Games play against the familiar and the favorite Cuban team on Aug. 2. The USA, which just prior to the start of the Pan Ams had lost three exhibition games to the Cuban squad in Havana, enjoyed 46-32 lead over defending Pan American Games champs at halftime. But after regrouping at the intermission, Cuba outscored the USA 24-7 in the third quarter and went on to post an 84-62 win. Strother and Koehn each scored 11 points to lead the American squad.

On Aug. 3 the U.S. started what would become a five game win streak when it slipped past Canada 56-53 thanks to Brunson's double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds and Loree Moore's game-saving steal with eight seconds left. Powered by a surge in defensive intensity and 20 points on record-setting 6-for-6 shooting from 3-point by Carey, the USA gave its medal hopes a vital boost with a 77-64 upset of previous undefeated Brazil. The following evening, Aug. 5, the U.S. assured itself a medal round berth when it trounced Argentina 93-78. Five Americans scored in double figures in the win, led by Brunson and Moore with 12 each, followed by Carey, Hodges and Koehn, who scored 11 apiece. The North Americans completed their pool play by running away with a 109-54 win over host Dominican Republic. Koehn tied Carey's USA single game record for 3-pointers made in the first half alone, notching three in the first quarter and adding three more in quarter two. Koehn led all scorers with 23 points, followed by Benningfield's 21, while Strother and Tillis ended the game with 12 points apiece.

Key scoring by Nicole Powell, perfect 18-for-18 free throw shooting and gritty crunch-time defense kept the USA's gold medal dream alive as the U.S. earned a 75-69 semifinals overtime victory over Brazil on Aug. 8. Carey led all scorers with 18 points and dished out seven assists, Powell recorded 17 points, seven coming in the overtime, and added seven rebounds.

Rematched against Cuba with the gold medal on the line, the USA never led but was always in contention before eventually falling 75-64 to the defending champion. The USA was led by Brunson's 16 points, while Moore added 13 points, nine rebounds and a game best three steals.

2003 USA Women's Pan American Games Roster

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Jenni Benningfield
F
6-3
190
21
Vanderbilt Louisville, KY
Rebekkah Brunson
F
6-3
173
21
Georgetown Oxon Hill, MD
Jamie Carey
G
5-6
135
22
Texas Thornton, CO
Roneeka Hodges
F
5-10
160
21
Florida State New Orleans, LA
Laurie Koehn
G
5-8
140
21
Kansas State Hesston, KS
Janel McCarville
F/C
6-2
235
20
Minnesota Stevens Point, WI
Loree Moore
G
5-9
165
20
Tennessee Harbor City, CA
Nicole Powell
F
6-2
170
21
Stanford Phoenix, AZ
Ann Strother
G
6-2
162
19
Connecticut Castle Rock, CO
Lindsay Taylor
F
6-8
200
22
UC Santa Barbara Wynnewood, PA
Iciss Tillis
F
6-4
165
21
Duke Tulsa, OK
Barbara Turner
F/G
6-0
172
19
Connecticut Cleveland, OH
HEAD COACH: Debbie Ryan, University of Virginia
ASSISTANT COACH: Kathia Bennett, Indiana University
ASSISTANT COACH: Trina Paterson, University of Albany (NY)
TEAM PHYSICIAN: Kathryn Dec, Richmond, VA
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Carrie Haugen, University of Northern Colorado

2003 USA Women's Pan American Games Cumulative Statistics

NAME G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AT
BK
ST
Brunson 7/7
28- 49
.571
1- 2
.500
22- 35
.629
39/ 5.6
79/ 11.3
5
6
10
Carey 7/7
20- 54
.370
13- 28
.464
14- 15
.933
11/ 1.6
67/ 9.6
16
9
5
Benningfield 7/7
26- 55
.473
3- 8
.375
9- 11
.818
27/ 3.9
64/ 9.1
8
5
5
Koehn 7/0
21- 36
.583
17- 30
.567
3- 3
1.000
8/ 1.1
62/ 8.9
4
1
3
Strother 7/6
18- 45
.400
6- 21
.286
13-16
.813
15/ 2.1
55/ 7.9
9
1
3
Moore 7/7
20- 37
.541
1- 5
.200
4- 6
.667
27/ 3.9
45/ 6.4
10
2
18
Turner 7/0
9- 31
.290
2- 8
.250
18- 24
.750
22/ 3.1
38/ 5.4
6
2
2
Tillis 7/0
15- 36
.417
3- 9
.333
2- 4
.500
17/ 2.4
35/ 5.0
11
0
5
Powell 7/1
10- 28
.357
3- 13
.231
11- 14
.786
29/ 4.1
34/ 4.9
11
0
5
McCarville 7/0
9-20
.450
0- 0
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12- 17
.706
23/ 3.3
30/ 4.3
2
1
7
Hodges 6/0
5- 15
.333
3- 8
.375
7- 10
.700
9/ 1.5
20/ 3.3
6
3
6
Taylor 5/0
3- 4
.750
0- 0
.---
1- 2
.500
4/ 0.8
7/ 1.4
0
1
0
USA 7
184-410
.449
52-132
.394
116-157
.739
231/33.0
536/ 76.6
82
23
72
OPP. 7
165-378
.437
22- 98
.224
123-175
.703
188/26.9
475/ 67.9
43
17
62