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NINTH WOMEN'S WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES -- 1977

NINTH WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES -- 1977

Sofia, Bulgaria - August 17-31, 1977


Playing in its second World University Games, the USA, under the direction of Lucille Kyvallos of Queens College (N.Y.), traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria with the hopes of dethroning the Soviet Union and capturing the USA women's first World University Games gold medal.

1977 Women
1977 USA Women's World University Games Team


1977 USA RESULTS (6-2)

USA
96
F. R. Germany 60
USA
103
Mexico 51
USA
89
China 55
USA
76
Hungary 66
USA
76
Romania 73
USSR
104
USA 78
USA
87
Bulgaria 84
USSR
107
USA 90

1977 WORLD UNIV. GAMES FINAL STANDINGS

1. Soviet Union(7-0) 9. Poland (4-3)
2. United States (6-2) 10. Italy (4-3)
3. Bulgaria (5-2) 11. Czechoslovakia (6-1)
4. Cuba (4-3) 12. Hungary (3-5)
5. China (5-3) 13. F. R. of Germany (4-4)
6. Canada (3-4) 14. Japan (1-6)
7. Romania (3-4) 15. France (1-6)
8. Yugoslavia (3-4) 16. Denmark (1-6)

The Americans did not win the gold, however, they did continue to improve and in the process finished 6-2 and in possession of the silver medal.

The Americans won their first four games rather easily. Opening the preliminary round against the Federal Republic of Germany, the USA women handed West Germany a 96-60 defeat as 5'10' Carol Blazejowski led the way with 23 points and Ann Meyers tossed in 12. The following day Gail Marquis scored 17 points and added 11 rebounds to lead the Americans to a 103-51 pounding of Mexico, as five U.S. players scored in double digits and all 12 players scored.

The U.S. sprinted over China, 89-55 as Blazejowski made 12 of 20 field goals and finished with a game best 29 points and Charlotte Lewis added 13 points and a team best nine rebounds. The U.S. closed out its pool play undefeated, recording a 76-66 victory over Hungary. Blazejowski spirited the U.S. offensive attack with 31 points (11-22 FGs, 9-13 FTs) and 15 rebounds, while Marquis added 16 points.

Opening the medal qualification round with a 76-73 win over Romania, the U.S. squared off against the Soviet Union next and, despite 25 points from Ann Meyers and 15 from Blazejowski, fell 104-78. The U.S. trailed 41-34 at halftime, but was outscored 63-44 in the second stanza. The U.S. shot just 37.3 percent (28-75) from the floor and was outrebounded 60-35 by the Soviets.

Regrouping to defeat host Bulgaria in a closely contested affair, 87-84, the U.S. again challenged the Soviet Union, but this time the gold medal was on the line. Once again, the Soviet Union women were too strong for the Americans. Taking control early and leading comfortably 66-42 at half, the Soviets went on to record a 107-90 win. Blazejowski paced the U.S. with 28 points.

Blazejowski finished the competition as the overall leading scorer with 164 points and a 20.5 ppg. average.

Host Bulgaria finished the tournament on a high note by defeating Cuba 60-49 to capture the bronze medal.

1977 USA WOMEN'S WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES ROSTER

 

NAME POS HGT WGT AGE SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Sybil Blalock G 5-5 120 25 Tennessee Sevierville, TN
Carol Blazejowski F 5-10 150 20 Montclair State College Fairview, NJ
Pat Charity F 5-11 18 Western Michigan Kentwood, MI
Rita Easterling G 5-5 134 22 Mississippi College-Women Morton, MS
Althea Gwyn C 6-3 180 21 Queens College Amityville, NY
Monica Havelka F 6-1 Long Beach State Lomita, CA
Charlotte Lewis C 6-2 180 21 Illinois State Peoria, IL
Gail Marquis C/F 5-11 165 22 Queens College St. Albans, NY
Brenda Martin F 6-0 20 California State Univ.,Fullerton San Mateo, CA
Ann Meyers G 5-9 135 22 UCLA La Habra, CA
Laurie Miller F 6-0 21 Kansas State Smithville, MO
Patricia Roberts F 6-1 150 22 Tennessee Monroe, GA
HEAD COACH: Lucille Kyvallos, Queens College (NY)
ASSISTANT COACH: Dixie Woodall, Oral Roberts College (OK)
MANAGER: Michelle Blatt, Queens College (NY)

1977 USA WOMEN'S WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G
FGM-FGA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
Carol Blazejowski 5
39- 71
.549
30- 40
.750
28/ 5.6
108/ 21.6
11
Ann Meyers 5
25- 53
.472
20- 25
.800
19/ 3.8
70/ 14.0
7
Gail Marquis 5
23- 42
.548
14- 23
.609
35/ 7.0
60/ 12.0
3
Charlotte Lewis 5
16- 40
.400
5- 9
.556
46/ 9.2
37/ 7.4
3
Sybil Blalock 5
16- 28
.571
1- 3
.333
6/ 1.2
33/ 6.6
10
Althea Gwyn 5
8- 20
.400
10- 21
.476
25/ 5.0
26/ 5.2
0
Rita Easterling 5
12- 24
.500
1- 4
.250
7/ 1.4
25/ 5.0
3
Laurie Miller 5
9- 26
.346
3- 8
.275
12/ 2.4
21/ 4.2
1
Patricia Roberts 5
8- 17
.471
5- 10
.500
10/ 2.0
21/ 4.2
2
Brenda Martin 5
8- 19
.421
3- 4
.750
11/ 2.2
19/ 3.8
2
Pat Charity 5
7- 22
.318
4- 7
.571
15/ 3.0
18/ 3.6
1
Monica Havelka 5
1- 5
.200
2- 2
1.000
4/ 0.8
4/ 0.8
1
USA TOTALS 8
172-367
.469
98-156
.628
218/43.6
695/ 86.9
42
OPP. TOTALS 8
133-341
.390
70-112
.625
163/32.6
600/ 75.0
31

NOTE: Box scores are missing for the USA's games against Romania, Bulgaria and the second Soviet Union game. Therefore, the above individual cumulative statistical totals are five game totals and do not include statistics from the missing games. The USA and Opponent team cumulative statistics also reflect five game totals for everything but points scored which reflects the eight game totals.