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FOURTEENTH WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES -- 1987

FOURTEENTH WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES -- 1987

Zagreb, Yugoslavia - July 6-31, 1987


Directed by the University of Southern California head mentor Linda Sharp, the 1987 USA World University Games team traveled to Zagreb, Yugoslavia, with its sights set on capturing the gold.

1987 Women
1987 USA Women's World University Games Team


1987 USA RESULTS (4-1)
USA 95 Poland 60
USA 97 Finland 56
Yugoslavia 93 USA 89 (OT)
USA 84 China 83
USA 67 Canada 59

1987 WORLD UNIV. GAMES FINAL STANDINGS

1. Yugoslavia (5-1) 10. Sweden (4-1)
2. Soviet Union (4-2) 11. Finland (2-3)
3. China (4-1) 12. Australia (2-3)
4. Bulgaria (3-2) 13. Cuba (3-2)
5. United States (4-1) 14. Hungary (1-4)
6. Canada (3-2) 15. Japan (3-3)
7. Czechoslovakia (4-1) 16. Poland (3-3)
8. P. R. of Korea (3-3) 17. South Korea (2-4)
9. Spain (2-3) 18. Great Britain (2-4)

But it was not to be in 1987 as the USA team lost just one of five games to finish 4-1 overall and in fifth place. It marked the first time an American basketball team did not win a medal in the World University Games.

Before the competition got underway, the U.S. lost the services of Auburn star center Vicki Orr, who had her appendix removed in Yugoslavia.

The U.S. team, led by 6'5' Monica Lamb (USC), 6'5' Chana Perry (San Diego State) and by 5'11' Bridgette Gordon (Tennessee), dominated its early competition.

The U.S. opened with an impressive 95-60 victory over Poland as Gordon tallied 18 points and Lamb added 16 points in the win. The following day, the U.S. followed up its initial victory with a 97-56 dubbing of Finland. Lamb accounted for 19 points and Tracey Hall added 14 for the U.S.

In its third game in as many days, the USA suffered its only loss of the competition, losing a heartbreaking 93-89 overtime decision to Yugoslavia, despite 20 points from Alisa Scott and 18 more from Perry. The difference in the contest came at the foul line where the U.S. sank 16 of 19 free throws, while Yugoslavia made 34 of 43 tries.

The U.S. remained in medal contention, but in order to advance to the medal round the American squad had to beat China by at least five points. Trailing 54-38 at halftime, despite the USA's strong comeback effort that saw the Americans roar back from a 20-point deficit to pull out an 84-83 win, by winning by only a single point, the U.S. was eliminated from medal contention. Teresa Weatherspoon paced the U.S. to its win over China with 21 points, while Lamb was credited with 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Tracey Hall also tossed in 14.

Rebounding from the disappointment of not advancing into the medal round, behind a balanced scoring attack that saw Terri Mann score 13, while Perry dropped in 10 and Scott and Gordon each added nine points, the USA defeated Canada 67-59 to finish in fifth place.

The host country, Yugoslavia, won the gold by defeating the Soviet Union 80-73 in the gold medal game, while China earned the bronze with an 88-81 victory over Bulgaria.

1987 USA WOMEN'S WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES ROSTER

 

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Bridgette Gordon
F
5-11
160
20
Tennessee Deland, FL
Tracey Hall
F
6-0
160
20
Ohio State Cleveland Heights, OH
Karon Howell
G
5-8
143
20
Southern California Portland, OR
Monica Lamb
C
6-5
180
22
Southern California Inglewood, CA
Terri Mann
F
6-2
180
18
Western Kentucky San Diego, CA
Lisa O'Connor
F
6-1
184
23
Georgia Cartersville, GA
Vickie Orr
C
6-3
167
20
Auburn Harselle, AL
Chana Perry
C
6-5
190
20
San Diego State Los Angeles, CA
Alisa Scott
G
5-9
152
22
Mississippi Vicksburg, MS
Teresa Weatherspoon
G
5-8
155
22
Louisiana Tech Pineland, TX
Beverly Williams
G
5-8
145
23
Texas Austin, TX
Rhonda Windham
G
5-5
125
22
Southern California Bronx, NY
HEAD COACH: Linda Sharp, University of Southern California
ASSISTANT COACH: Colleen Riley, Fullerton College (CA)
MANAGER: Dana Craft, Southwest Texas State University
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Sally Nogle, Michigan State University


1987 USA WOMEN'S WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AT
ST
Lamb 5
24- 44
.545
0- 0
.000
9- 15
.600
23/ 4.6
57/ 11.4
1
11
Perry 5
22- 45
.489
0- 0
.000
13- 22
.591
18/ 3.6
57/ 11.4
0
14
Gordon 5
21- 42
.500
0- 0
.000
8- 10
.800
15/ 3.0
50/ 10.0
2
9
Hall 5
21- 37
.568
0- 0
.000
6- 8
.750
20/ 4.0
48/ 9.6
0
17
Mann 5
21- 31
.677
0- 0
.000
4- 11
.364
25/ 5.0
46/ 9.2
2
15
Scott 5
17- 38
.447
2- 3
.667
7- 12
.583
19/ 3.8
43/ 8.6
3
21
Weatherspoon 5
19- 35
.543
2- 5
.400
3- 3
1.000
12/ 2.4
43/ 8.6
12
21
O'Connor 5
11- 37
.297
0- 0
.000
16- 17
.941
12/ 2.4
38/ 7.6
3
4
Williams 5
12- 35
.343
0- 0
.000
3- 4
.750
4/ 0.8
27/ 5.4
2
8
Windham 5
6- 18
.333
0- 1
.000
3- 4
.750
4/ 0.8
15/ 3.0
9
6
Howell 4
3- 7
.429
2- 2
1.000
0- 0
.000
2/ 0.5
8/ 2.0
0
2
Orr Injured
 
USA 5
177-369
.480
6- 11
.545
72-106
.679
154/ 30.8
432/ 86.4
34
128
*OPP. 5
92-190
.484
10- 28
.357
77-103
.748
62/ 15.5
351/ 70.2
24
68

*NOTE: The cumulative statistics for the USA opponents reflects only four games for everything but points scored. Poland's half of the box score from the USA-Poland game is not available.