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SECOND FIBA WOMEN'S U19/JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP -- 1989

SECOND FIBA WOMEN'S U19/JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP -- 1989

Bilbao, Spain - July 23-30, 1989


The United States, directed by University of Virginia coach Debbie Ryan, entered the 1989 Junior Women's World Championship in Bilbao, Spain, with hopes of improving on the USA's 1985 fifth-place finish. The USA's goal, however, was not realized as the American team finished 3-4 and in seventh place.

1989 Junior World Championship Team

1989 Junior World Championship Team



1989 USA RESULTS (3-4)
South Korea 93 USA 84 (OT)
Australia 71 USA 69
USA 78 Bulgaria 65
Czechoslovakia 90 USA 87
USA 73 Zaire 62
Spain 99 USA 96
USA 70 Brazil 66

1989 JUNIOR WORLD CHAMP. FINAL STANDINGS

1. Soviet Union (7-0) 7. USA (3-4)
2. Yugoslavia (5-2) 8. Brazil (2-5)
3. Australia (5-2) 9. China (2-5)
4. Czechoslovakia (4-3) 10. Cuba (2-5)
5. Spain (5-2) 11. Bulgaria (3-4)
6. South Korea (4-3) 12. Zaire (0-7)

In the four USA losses, three came by three or less points and the other was an overtime decision. The USA team, which averaged 19 years of age, featured only three players who had previous experience playing outside of the United States.

The American team dropped its opening game to South Korea in overtime, 93-84, as Tennessee's Dena Head accounted for USA team highs of 17 points and seven rebounds. High school senior-to-be and 17-year-old, 6'5' Lisa Leslie led the U.S. the following day with an impressive 17-point, nine-rebound effort, but the U.S. still came up short, losing 71-69 in a tough contest with Australia.

The U.S. notched its first victory of the '89 Junior World Championship when it recorded a convincing, 13-point win over Bulgaria, 78-65. Leslie again paced the U.S. offense, recording 22 points and nine rebounds.

Facing Czechoslovakia in their fourth game in as many days, the U.S. dropped another down-to-the-wire decision, falling 90-87. University of Georgia star LeJuana Hardmon led the U.S. with 18 points, while Leslie recorded 16 rebounds.

Bouncing back once again, the United States scored a solid 73-62 win over Zaire as Leslie and Carla Holmes each scored 13 points. The U.S. women recorded yet another narrow loss, suffering a three-point setback to host Spain, 99-96, despite 16-point scoring efforts by Sonja Henning and Julie Zeilstra.

Facing Brazil in the seventh place game and putting earlier disappointment aside, the Americans managed to win a close contest and end the tournament on a positive note after nipping the Brazilians, 70-66. Head led the U.S. cause with 17 points.

The Soviet Union junior women successfully defended their 1985 Junior World title with a 109-93 victory over Yugoslavia in the gold medal game. Australia won its first World Championship medal, defeating Czechoslovakia 69-61 for the bronze.

1989 USA Women's Junior World Championship Roster

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Karen Deden
C
6-4
170
19
Washington Missoula, MT
LeJuana Hardmon
G
5-9
160
18
Georgia Atlanta, GA
Dena Head
G
5-10
164
18
Tennessee Canton, MI
Sonja Henning
G
5-7
130
19
Stanford Kenosha, WI
Carla Holmes
G
5-7
138
20
Maryland Berryville, VA
MaChelle Joseph
G
5-9
138
19
Purdue Auburn, IN
Lisa Leslie
C
6-5
155
17
Morningside H.S. Inglewood, CA
Penny Moore
F/G
6-0
130
20
Long Beach State Falls Church, VA
Kari Parriott
F/C
6-2
175
19
Long Beach State Buena Park, CA
Susan Robinson
F
6-1
168
19
Penn State Center Point, WV
Dawn Staley
G
5-6
138
19
Virginia Philadelphia, PA
Julie Zeilstra
C
6-3
175
18
Stanford Vernal, UT
HEAD COACH: Debbie Ryan, University of Virginia
ASSISTANT COACH: Jim Foster, St. Joseph's University (PA)
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT: Linda Hargrove, Wichita State University (KS)
TEAM PHYSICIAN: George Hershey, Flagstaff, AZ
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Claire LeBlanc, Virginia Beach, VA


1989 USA Women's Junior World Championship Cumulative Statistics

NAME G
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AT
BK
ST
Leslie 7
37- 60
.617
0- 0
.000
19- 28
.679
49/ 7.0
93/ 13.3
1
21
8
Staley 6
24- 47
.511
1- 3
.333
16- 18
.889
17/ 2.8
65/ 10.8
8
1
14
Zeilstra 7
28- 46
.609
1- 1
1.000
13- 19
.684
37/ 5.3
70/ 10.0
3
2
13
Henning 7
20- 45
.444
6- 13
.462
10- 13
.769
20/ 2.9
56/ 8.0
4
0
22
Hardmon 7
21- 48
.438
0- 1
.000
13- 20
.650
28/ 4.0
55/ 7.9
0
0
9
Head 7
17- 41
.415
0- 1
.000
14- 21
.667
21/ 3.0
48/ 6.9
1
3
6
Deden 7
16- 23
.686
0- 0
.000
6- 6
1.000
16/ 2.3
38/ 5.4
0
4
7
Holmes 7
15- 42
.357
4- 20
.200
2- 4
.500
6/ 0.9
36/ 5.1
3
0
12
Joseph 7
16- 50
.320
4- 14
.286
0- 2
.000
6/ 0.9
36/ 5.1
1
0
4
Robinson 7
9- 19
.474
0- 0
.000
7- 9
.778
24/ 3.4
25/ 3.6
1
1
7
Moore 6
8- 20
.400
2- 7
.286
0- 1
.000
12/ 2.0
18/ 3.0
0
0
5
Parriott 6
6- 14
.429
0- 0
.000
5- 8
.625
12/ 2.0
17/ 2.8
0
0
6
USA 7
217-455
.477
18- 60
.300
105-149
.705
248/ 35.4
557/ 79.6
22
32
113
OPP. 7
193-438
.441
43-104
.413
117-168
.696
194/ 27.7
546/ 78.0
21
11
118