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FIFTEENTH WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES -- 1991

FIFTEENTH WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES -- 1991

Sheffield, England - July 15-24, 1991


The USA, which had dominated international basketball since 1984, was out to make a statement in 1991 in the one competition is had not fared well in of late -- the World University Games.

1991 World University Games

Team
1991 USA Women's World University Games Team


1991 USA RESULTS (8-0)
USA 116 Ireland 38
USA 125 Japan 38
USA 104 Hungary 89
USA 106 USSR 80
USA 87 Canada 69
USA 135 Romania 53
USA 79 China 76
USA 88 Spain 62

1991 WORLD UNIV. GAMES FINAL STANDINGS

1. United States (8-0) 9. Sweden (4-4)
2. Spain (7-1) 10. Germany (5-3)
3. Canada (6-2) 11. Taipei (4-4)
4. China (5-3) 12. Japan (5-3)
5. Soviet Union (5-3) 13. Great Britain (4-4)
6. Czechoslovakia (4-4) 14. Mexico (2-6)
7. Hungary (3-5) 15. Ireland (1-7)
8. Romania (2-6) 16. Guam (0-8)

Opening against Ireland, head coach Tara VanDerveer's U.S. squad was off and running from the start and the end result was a lopsided 78-point victory as the U.S. crushed Ireland 116-38. Carolyn Jones paced the USA's scoring, accounting for 24 points. Facing Japan the following day, the U.S. simply overran its opponents, recording a 125-38 win as Ruthie Bolton led the U.S. with 19 points. With Lisa Leslie and Katy Steding each scoring 17 points, the U.S. completed its pool competition with an unblemished 3-0 record as the Americans outgunned Hungary 104-89. Showing a balanced scoring attack, all 12 USA players scored in each of the team's first three games.

Advancing to the second round, the U.S. opened against the Soviet Union. It was defense that paved the way to the USA's 106-80 win over the USSR, and Leslie paced the USA's offense, scoring 21 points while adding eight rebounds and five steals.

Facing 4-0 Canada next, the U.S. advanced to the quarterfinal round after persevering for an 87-69 victory. Judy Mosley, a 6'1' forward from the University of Hawaii, led the Americans with 17 points and seven rebounds. Playing their sixth game in as many days, the 5-0 Americans faced Romania for the right to advance to the semifinals. Behind a 40-point (15-22 FGs, 4-9 3-pt FGs), 11 rebound performance by Bolton, the U.S. rolled to a convincing 135-53 win. The U.S. again featured a balanced scoring attack that saw all 12 USA women score and seven reach double digits.

A talented Chinese team remained as the only roadblock between the U.S. and the gold medal game. Plagued by frigid 36.1 percent shooting from the field, the U.S. turned to its defense. Limiting China to 34.8 percent shooting from the floor, and outrebounding the Chinese 51-32, the Americans recorded a hard fought 79-76 win. Jones led the United States' scoring attack with 23 points, while Mosley added 20 points and 12 rebounds and Dale Hodges was credited with 16 points and 10 boards.

Owning an impressive 7-0 record, the U.S. squared off against 7-0 Spain for the 1991 gold medal. By half the USA was in command 42-29, and the U.S. continued its offensive dominance in the second half en route to an 88-62 win and the gold medal. Bolton paced the U.S. attack to the win, scoring 22 points, while Mosley grabbed a game best 17 rebounds. The U.S. averaged 105.0 points a game and limited their opponents to just 63.1 ppg., for a substantial victory margin of 41.9 ppg.

1991 USA WOMEN'S WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES ROSTER
NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Kerry Bascom
F
6-1
175
22
Connecticut Epping, NH
Ruthie Bolton
G
5-8
150
24
Auburn Auburn, AL
Karen Booker
C
6-2
165
26
Vanderbilt Lexington, KY
Linda Godby
C
6-6
165
22
Auburn Indianapolis, IN
Dena Head
G
5-10
162
20
Tennessee Canton, MI
Dale Hodges
C
6-1
180
23
St. Joseph's Trenton, NJ
Carolyn Jones
G
5-8
130
21
Auburn Laurel, MS
Lisa Leslie
C
6-5
169
19
Southern California Inglewood, CA
Suzie McConnell
G
5-4
110
24
Penn State Pittsburgh, PA
Judy Mosley
F
6-1
170
23
Hawaii Hacienda Heights, CA
Dawn Staley
G
5-6
130
21
Virginia Philadelphia, PA
Katy Steding
F
6-0
165
23
Stanford Lake Oswego, OR
HEAD COACH: Tara VanDerveer, Stanford University (CA)
ASSISTANT COACH: Charlene Curtis, Temple University (PA)
ASSISTANT COACH: Nancy Darsch, Ohio State University
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT: Nancy Wilson, University of South Carolina
TEAM PHYSICIAN: David Fischer, Edina, MN
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Kathy Osborne, Louisiana State University

1991 USA Women's World University Games Cumulative Statistics

NAME G
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AT
BK
ST
Bolton 8
48-105
.457
8- 25
.320
8- 10
.800
36/ 4.5
112/ 14.0
19
0
14
Leslie 8
42- 90
.467
0- 0
.000
20- 30
.667
35/ 4.4
104/ 13.0
7
4
12
Jones 8
32- 77
.416
17- 37
.459
23- 33
.697
24/ 3.0
104/ 13.0
9
0
7
Mosley 8
39- 70
.557
0- 0
.000
14- 17
.824
84/10.5
92/ 11.5
7
0
16
Steding 7
25- 55
.455
15- 27
.556
7- 9
.778
21/ 3.0
72/ 10.3
2
0
4
Hodges 8
24- 52
.462
0- 1
.000
20- 29
.690
55/ 6.9
68/ 8.5
5
1
16
McConnell 8
24- 55
.436
8- 26
.308
8- 9
.889
8/ 1.0
64/ 8.0
30
0
4
Head 8
19- 44
.432
2- 10
.200
14- 17
.824
20/ 2.5
54/ 6.8
10
0
10
Godby 8
20- 44
.455
0- 0
.000
9- 11
.818
27/ 3.4
49/ 6.1
2
6
4
Booker 8
13- 36
.361
0- 0
.000
16- 24
.667
38/ 4.8
42/ 5.3
3
6
11
Bascom 6
13- 28
.464
10- 17
.588
4- 6
.667
17/ 2.8
40/ 6.7
2
0
5
Staley 8
18- 34
.529
0- 3
.000
3- 4
.750
9/ 1.1
39/ 4.9
18
0
2
Team
 
 
 
3/ 0.4
USA 8
317-690
.459
60-146
.411
146-199
.734
377/47.1
840/105.0
114
17
105
OPP. 8
175-453
.386
38-114
.333
117-155
.755
245/30.6
505/ 63.1
58
22
84