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1976 USA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament Team

1976 FIBA WOMEN'S OLYMPIC QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada • June 22 - July 3, 1976


The first women's Olympic basketball tournament was held in 1976, and the United States women wanted to go to the very exclusive party their neighbors to the north were hosting.

1976 USA RESULTS (5-0)
USA
80
Mexico 57
USA
71
France 59
USA
84
Poland 66
USA
89
Cuba 73
USA
76
Bulgaria 75

1976 OLYMPIC QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT FINAL STANDINGS

1. *USA (5-0) 5. Great Britain (0-4)
2. *Bulgaria (3-3) France (1-2)
3. Poland (4-1) Italy (1-2)
4. Cuba (4-2) Mexico (0-3)

South Korea (3-1)
*Qualified for the 1976 Olympic Games

There was just one glitch to overcome -- the USA finished in a distant eighth place at the 1975 FIBA World Championship and therefore failed to earn a berth to the '76 Games.

Canada, as host country, was assured of a berth in the historic Olympic women�s basketball event. The Soviet Union, Japan and Czechoslovakia, winners of the World Championship gold, silver and bronze medals, respectively, in 1975, each took one of the six Olympic slots.

That left two more entries to be filled.

The United States headed to Ontario looking to claim one of those coveted berths at the 1976 Pre-Olympic Qualifying Tournament with the team that would eventually capture the silver medal at the Games in Montreal.

In all, nine nations participated in the pre-Olympic tournament, and the U.S. was placed in a preliminary round pool along with France, Mexico and Poland.

Ripping through its first contest for an 80-57 victory over Mexico, the USA defeated France 71-59 and closed out preliminary play with an 84-66 trouncing of Poland.

The USA and Poland, with a 2-1 record, advanced from Group A to the final round. In Group B, which included Bulgaria, Cuba, Great Britain, Italy and South Korea, there was a three-way tie atop the standings as Bulgaria, Cuba and South Korea had identical 3-1 records. By virtue of FIBA's tie-breaking formula Bulgaria and Cuba headed to the final round to face the United States and Poland.

In round robin play, which saw the USA-Poland and Bulgaria-Cuba scores from the preliminary round count toward the final round standings, the U.S. downed Cuba 89-73 with the help of 14 points apiece from Pat Head and Patricia Roberts and 12 from Lusia Harris. In its final contest the USA clipped Bulgaria 76-75 to remain undefeated and claim the gold medal.

The final 1976 Olympic berth came down to another tie-breaker as the three remaining teams held 1-2 marks in the final round. However, based on point differential, Bulgaria narrowly edged out the other nations for the silver medal and went on to claim bronze in Montreal.

The USA's gold medal performance at the pre-Olympic qualifier gave the Americans, all of whom were on the '76 U.S. Olympic Team, some valuable training time and the experience necessary to capture the 1976 Olympic silver medal.

1976 USA WOMEN'S OLYMPIC QUALIFYING TEAM ROSTER

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Cindy Brogdon
F
5-10
155
19
Tennessee Buford, GA
Nancy Dunkle
C
6-2
155
21
California State Fullerton Fullerton La Habra, CA
Lusia Harris
F
6-2
180
21
Delta State Minter City, MS
Pat Head
F
5-10
155
24
Tennessee-Martin Ashland City, TN
Charlotte Lewis
C
6-2
180
20
Illinois State Peoria, IL
Nancy Lieberman
F
5-9
140
18
Far Rockaway High School
Far Rockaway, NY
Gail Marquis
F
5-11
165
21
Queens College St. Albans, NY
Ann Meyers
G
5-8
135
20
UCLA La Habra, CA
Mary Anne O'Conner
G
5-10
158
23
Southern Connecticut State Fairfield, CT
Patricia Roberts
F
6-1
150
21
Tennessee Monroe, GA
Sue Rojcewicz
G
5-7
135
22
Southern Connecticut State Worcester, MA
Juliene Simpson
G
5-6
156
23
John F. Kennedy College Roselle Park, NJ
HEAD COACH: Billie Moore, Cal State University, Fullerton
ASSISTANT COACH: Sue Gunter, Stephen F. Austin University (TX)
MANAGER: Jeanne Rowlands, Northeastern University (MA)
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Gail Weldon, Western Illinois University


1976 USA WOMEN'S OLYMPIC QUALIFYING TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

G FGM-FGA PCT FTM-FTA PCT REB/AVG PTS/AVG AST STL
USA TOTALS 5 400/ 80.0
OPP. TOTALS 5 330/ 66.0

NOTES: Statistics are unavailable for the 1976 USA Olympic Qualifying Team.

 

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