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  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

Taipei, Taiwan - May 18-31, 1979

Unlike the 1977 USA team that featured eight high school players and finished fifth at the inaugural Jones Cup competition, the USA team in 1979 was one loaded with talent and the result was the United States' first R. William Jones Cup title.

1979 Women
1979 USA Women's R. William Jones Cup Team

1979 USA RESULTS (6-0)
USA   77 Great Britain 43
USA   93 South Korea 70
USA   88 ROC-China Airlines 73
USA   97 ROC-Cathay Life 79
USA 100 Sweden 40
USA   74 ROC-Ya Tung 57


1. USA (6-0) 6. Great Britain (1-5)
2. South Korea (4-2) 7. Sweden (0-6)
3. Rep. of China - China Airlines (4-2) 8. Bolivia (2-0)*
4. Rep. of China - Cathay Life (3-3) 9. Thailand (1-1)*
5. Rep. of China - Ya Tung (3-3) 10. Hong Kong (0-2)*
*NOTE: Preliminary round totals

It was an extremely busy summer for the U.S. women. The Americans first competed in the World Championship in Seoul, South Korea, then the Jones Cup, then closed the summer by competing in San Juan, Puerto Rico in the Pan American Games. All told, the U.S. 12 would win two gold and one silver medal, while compiling a 16-2 overall record.

How talented was the '79 team? Seven of the 12 players were named to the 1980 USA Olympic Team, while one player was an 1976 Olympian and another would be named to the 1984 Olympic squad.

Just nine days after finishing 5-1 and capturing the 1979 FIBA World Championship in Seoul, South Korea, the USA began play in the 3rd Annual R. William Jones Cup. Finishing with a perfect 6-0 record and the gold medal, in winning its six games, the U.S. outscored it opponents by and average of 27.8 points a game, with the closest contest being a 15-point victory.

Bypassing the preliminary round by virtue of its recent World Championship title, the USA team opened its Jones Cup play on May 22 with an impressive 77-43 romp over Great Britain.

Meeting South Korea in its second game, the U.S. had an easy time with the eventual silver medalists, recording a 93-70 win. Continuing to roll, the USA haded the Republic of China-China Airlines an 88-73 setback.

Reeling off a 97-79 win over Republic of China-Cathay Life and a dominating 100-40 victory over Sweden, the U.S. closed out the Jone Cup with a 17-point win over Republic of China-Ya Tung, 74-57.

The U.S. was also well represented on the Jones Cup All-Tournament Team, with Carol Blazejowski, Tara Heiss, Nancy Lieberman and Rosie Walker each earning a spot on the 12-member team.

1979 USA Women's R. William Jones Cup Roster

Carol Blazejowski F 5-10 150 22 Montclair State Coll. Fairview, NJ
Barbara Brown C 6-0 140 20 Stephen F. Austin Dallas, TX
Denise Curry F 6-0 162 19 UCLA Davie, CA
Tara Heiss G 5-6 132 22 Maryland Bethesda, MD
Kris Kirchner C 6-4 163 19 Maryland New Providence, NJ
Nancy Lieberman F 5-10 150 20 Old Dominion Far Rockaway, NY
Ann Meyers G 5-9 135 24 UCLA La Habra, CA
Jill Rankin F 6-3 166 20 Wayland Baptist Coll. Phillips, TX
Jackie Swaim C 6-1 170 20 Texas Jacksonville, TX
Jan Trombly F 6-0 155 21 Old Dominion Chazy, NY
Rosie Walker C 6-1 180 21 Stephen F. Austin State Emerson, AR
Holly Warlick G 5-6 130 20 Tennessee Knoxville, TN
HEAD COACH: Pat Head, University of Tennessee
ASSISTANT COACH: Betty Jo Crumm, Weatherford College (TX)
MANAGER: Lea Plarski, St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley (MO)
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Karen Miller, California Poly Tech-Pomona

 1979 USA Women's R. William Jones Cup Cumulative Statistics

USA TOTALS 6         529/ 88.2
OPP. TOTALS 6         362/ 60.3
1979 USA Women's R. William Jones Cup individual player cumulative statistics are not available


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