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1993 USA Women's World Championship Qualifying Team

WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT -- 1993

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

Sao Paulo, Brazil • June 26 - July 4, 1993


Led by Stanford University head coach Tara VanDerveer, the 1993 USA World Championship Qualifying Team returned from Sao Paulo, Brazil, with the gold medal and a 6-1 slate. The top seven scorers on the squad eventually were named to the 1994 USA World Championship Team, also coached by VanDerveer, including Lisa Leslie (18.4 ppg.), Ruthie Bolton (14.3 ppg.), Jennifer Azzi (11.1 ppg.), Katy Steding (10.1 ppg.), Carla McGhee (8.4 ppg.), Dena Head (6.3 ppg.) and Dawn Staley (5.6 ppg.).


1993 USA RESULTS (6-1)
USA 76 Canada 69
USA 121 Chile 41
USA 97 Mexico 54
USA 89 Cuba 78
USA 76 Canada 69
#Brazil 99 USA 92
USA 106 Brazil 92
# Overtime

1993 WORLD CHAMP. QUAL. FINAL STANDINGS

1. *USA (6-1) 5. Mexico (2-2)
2. *Brazil (6-1) 6. Puerto Rico (1-3)
3. *Canada (3-4) 7. Argentina (1-3)
4. *Cuba (2-2) 8. Chile (0-4)
*Qualified for the 1994 FIBA World Championship.

Opening against Canada on June 26, the USA received 23 points from Leslie and 18 from Bolton in an 82-74 win.

The U.S. dismantled Chile 121-41 on June 27 as Azzi's 30 points off the bench led the USA's offensive clinic that saw all 12 players score, including six in double digits.

Meeting up with Mexico to close preliminary play, the USA overpowered its opponent in a 97-54 victory on June 28. This time it was Bolton's 19 points off the bench that paced the attack, while Leslie added 16 as again everyone scored, five in double digits.

In the semifinal round the USA upended Cuba 89-78 behind 21 points from Leslie and 19 from Azzi on June 30.

Trailing Canada by five points at halftime, 38-33, the USA rallied in the second half to record a 76-69 win in a balanced effort led by Steding's 17 points on July 1. McGhee and Leslie also notched double-digit scores with 15 and 11 points, respectively.

In its final semifinal round contest on July 2 the U.S. suffered its first and only loss of the tournament, a 99-92 overtime Brazilian victory, despite 19 points from Leslie, 16 from Bolton, 15 from Steding and 10 from Staley.

However, with Brazil standing at 6-0 and the USA holding a 5-1 record, the gold medal game two nights later would give the United States a chance to avenge the loss.

Not wanting to celebrate the Fourth of July with anything less than gold, behind 20 first-half points from Leslie, the United States established control early and held on to capture the gold medal with a decisive 106-92 win over host Brazil.

Leslie capped the contest with 24 points, while the USA's win was bolstered by 23 from Bolton, McCray and Steding each netted 11 and McGhee notched a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

McGhee and Leslie were the USA's top rebounders, averaging 7.9 rpg. and 6.6 rpg., respectively, while Staley passed off 4.9 apg. Nabbing 21 steals in all, Bolton led the pack with 3.0 spg., and Leslie was credited with 2.7 spg.

1993 USA WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING TEAM ROSTER

NAME POS HGT WGT AGE SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Jennifer Azzi G 5-8 140 24 Stanford Oak Ridge, TN
Shanda Berry C 6-3 167 25 Iowa Urbandale, IA
Ruthie Bolton G 5-8 150 25 Auburn McLain, MS
Heather Burge C 6-5 170 22 Virginia Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Linda Godby C 6-6 172 24 Auburn Indianapolis, IN
Molly Goodenbour G 5-6 135 21 Stanford Waterloo, IA
Dena Head G 5-10 162 22 Tennessee Canton, MI
Lisa Leslie C 6-5 160 20 Southern Cal Hawthorne, CA
Nikki McCray F 5-11 158 21 Tennessee Memphis, TN
Carla McGhee C 6-2 165 25 Tennessee Peoria, IL
Dawn Staley G 5-6 128 23 Virginia Philadelphia, PA
Katy Steding F 6-0 165 25 Stanford Lake Oswego, OR
HEAD COACH: Tara VanDerveer, Stanford University
ASSISTANT COACH: Nancy Darsch, Ohio State University
ASSISTANT COACH: Marianne Stanley, University of Southern California
TEAM PHYSICIAN: Suzanne Tanner, Denver, Colorado
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Karen Middleton, Stanford University

1993 USA WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G/S FGM-A PCT 3PM-A PCT FTM-A PCT REB PTS AS BK ST
Leslie 7/6 52- 84 .619 0- 2 .000 25- 30 .833 46/6.6 129/18.4 4 3 19
Bolton 7/6 36- 71 .507 14- 31 .452 14- 22 .636 23/3.3 100/14.3 9 0 21
Azzi 7/0 28- 50 .560 13- 29 .448 9- 10 .900 9/1.3 78/11.1 2 0 12
Steding 7/7 26- 63 .413 16- 41 .390 3- 7 .429 29/4.1 71/10.1 1 1 9
McGhee 7/6 20- 35 .571 0- 0 .--- 19- 30 .633 55/7.9 59/8.4 8 0 10
Head 7/1 15- 34 .441 0- 6 .000 14- 20 .700 5/0.7 44/6.3 4 0 10
Staley 7/6 13- 34 .382 4- 11 .364 9- 12 .750 11/1.6 39/5.6 34 0 8
Burge 7/1 15- 28 .536 0- 0 .--- 6- 20 .300 24/3.4 36/5.1 2 2 13
Berry 7/0 14- 24 .583 0- 0 .--- 5- 8 .625 31/4.4 33/4.7 5 0 9
McCray 7/1 14- 27 .519 0- 0 .--- 3- 5 .600 23/3.3 31/4.4 7 0 9
Godby 6/1 12- 19 .632 0- 0 .--- 3- 6 .500 13/2.2 27/4.5 0 0 1
Goodenbour 7/0 5- 16 .313 4- 14 .286 2- 2 1.000 10/1.4 16/2.3 10 0 8
USA 7 250-485 .515 51-134 .381 112-172 .651 279/39.9 663/94.7 86 6 129
OPP. 7 179-442 .405 33-112 .295 116-155 .748 161/23.0 507/72.4 43 0 91

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