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  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

Taipei, Taiwan - July 20-31, 1977

With a roster featuring eight high school standouts, a young USA National Select squad represented the United States at the inaugural R. Williams Jones Cup Tournament in Taipei, Taiwan.

1977 Women
1977 USA Women's R. William Jones Cup Team

1977 USA RESULTS (3-4)
ROC-Ya Tung 62 USA 60
France 73 USA 67
#ROC-China Airlines USA
USA 57 South Korea 55
ROC-Cathay Life 73 USA 63
#USA   Denmark
USA 53 ROC-Ya Tung 39
#Score unavailable for the USA vs. ROC-China Airlines and USA vs. Denmark games


1. South Korea 5. United States (3-4)
2. Republic of China - Cathay Life 6. Republic of China - Ya Tung
3. France 7. Denmark
4. Republic of China - China Airlines
*NOTE: Complete 1977 team results are unavailable

Staring slowly and losing its first three games, the first two by a total of eight points, head coach Mildred Barnes rallied her troops and the youthful U.S. team won three of its last four games, including a two-point victory over eventual gold medalist South Korea.

Opening against Republic of China-Ya Tung, the Americans lost a hard-fought 62-60 decision. The following night the U.S. women again came up short in a closely contested affair, falling 73-67 to eventual bronze medalist France. The U.S. suffered its third straight loss when Republic of China-China Airlines defeated them.

Following a day off, the U.S., relying on a four-corner offense, handed South Korea its only loss of the tournament 57-55, in a game where the margin was never more than four points by either team.

Republic of China-Cathay Life, which went on to capture the silver medal, became the third Republic of China team to defeat the U.S. when it posted a 73-63 win to drop the American's record to 1-4.

The U.S. contingent closed by defeating Denmark, then gained some revenge when it handed Republic of China-Ya Tung, which had beaten the U.S. by two in its opener, a 53-39 setback. The win improved the USA's record to 3-4 and eanred the Americans a fifth place finish.

South Korea defeated Republic of China - Cathay Life for the gold medal, while France downed Republic of China - China Airlines for the bronze medal.

The U.S. had solid representation on the All-Tournament Team, as Clifton Forge High School (Va.) senior Trudi Lacey and St. Maria Goretti High School (Pa.) junior June Olkowski were named All-Tournament.

1977 USA Women's R. William Jones Cup Roster

Kathy Anderson G 5-9 126 19 Central Missouri State Sedalia, MO
Anne Donovan C 6-6 175 17 Paramus H.S. Ridgewood, NJ
Cindy Ely F 6-2 160 18 Cherokee H.S. Canton, GA
Debra Groover C 6-0 165 18 Cherokee H.S. Canton, GA
Katy Harte G 5-6 130 19 Farmington High School Farmington, MI
Trudi Lacey G 5-10 130 18 Clifton Forge H.S. Clifton Forge, VA
June Olkowski F 6-0 165 17 Santa Maria Goretti H.S. Philadelphia, PA
Angela Paccione G 5-8 140 17 Cornwall Central H.S. Cornwall, NY
Jill Rhodes G 5-9 132 19 Delta State Shelton, CT
Tammie Romstad F 6-2 142 18 Truman H.S. Independence, MO
Helen Shereda C 6-1 138 19 Oakland Free Soil, MI
Jane Zivalich G 5-9 130 19 Maryland New Orleans, LA
HEAD COACH: Mildred Barnes, Central Missouri State University
ASSISTANT COACH: Betty Jo Crumm, Weatherford Community College (TX)
MANAGER: Julie Woltzen, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Vicki Vodon, University of California-Los Angeles

1977 USA Women's R. William Jones Cup Cumulative Statistics

1977 USA Women's R. William Jones Cup individual player cumulative statistics are not available  


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