FIFTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN-- 1967
Prague, Czechoslovakia • April 14-23, 1967
The United States' results at the 1967 World Championship were disappointing. The USA squad entered the competition with realistic hopes of challenging for a silver or bronze medal, conceding the gold to an unstoppable Russian team. But those hopes were far from realized as the U.S. won only a single game in six tries and earned an 11th-place finish.
1967 USA RESULTS (1-5)
1967 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL STANDINGS
The U.S. began well, recording a 42-38 victory over Australia in the opening game of preliminary play with Cathy Benedetto and Barbara Ann Sipes leading the way with 11 and 10 points on April 15.
That win would be the only taste of victory for the USA.
The internationally dominant Soviets, led by 6'9' Ravilja Prokopenko, pounded the Americans 71-37 on April 16. Carole Phillips Aspedon was the USA's lone scorer in double digits after recording 13.
Then the U.S., despite 15 points from Aspedon and 11 from Sipes, lost its chance to advance to the final round when it was handed a 58-43 loss by Yugoslavia on April 17.
Moving on into the consolation round, the U.S. was more competitive and received 10 points apiece from Aspedon and Rita Horkey, but still suffered a 56-44 loss to Brazil in its first conslolation round game on April 19.
After playing Italy evenly to a 20-20 tie at halftime on April 21, the USA 12 points from Lola Ham as it dropped the contest 56-45.
Closing out the competition with hopes of another victory, those hopes were quickly dashed after Bulgaria ran out to a 34-21 lead at the midway point and rolled to a 68-40 decision on April 22. Carolyn Miller scored 10 points to finish as the USA's high scorer in its final game.
There was no simple explanation for the United States' uncharacteristically poor showing, but what was obvious was the improvement of the rest of the worlds' basketball skills. They were able to combine size, speed and agility with excellent quick-shooting accuracy, plus sharp passing under international rules that were unfamiliar to American players.
The USA team consisted of five AAU All-Americans and five were members of the AAU runner-up Raytown Piperettes (Mo.). However, not a single member of the AAU champion Nashville Business College team was part of the USA's roster. The team prepared for three weeks prior to the World Championship.
For the third straight time, the USSR claimed the gold medal. Surprisingly, South Korea captured the silver medal, while Czechoslovakia earned the bronze. The underdog South Koreans defeated host Czechoslovakia 74-71 on their home court in what was labeled as the biggest upset of any women's World Championship game to that point. Almost as surprising as South Korea's second place finish was the German Democratic Republic's fourth place finish and Japan's fifth place finish.
The all-tournament team, selected by coaches, included Feofora Orel, Prokopenko and Skajdrite Smildzina, all from the Soviet Union; Asko Yokoyama of Japan and Park Shin-Ja from Korea. Shin-Ja was also named the tourney's Most Valuable Player.
1967 USA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM ROSTER
|Carole Phillips Aspedon||F||5-11||26||Raytown Piperettes||Raytown, MO|
|Cathy Benedetto||G||5-10||21||Central Washington State||Salem, OR|
|Mary Lois Finley||F||6-0||20||Wayland Baptist College||Cluade, TX|
|Lola Ham||G||5-6||20||Wayland Baptist College||Laverne, OK|
|Rita Horky||G||5-11||30||Jacksonville J .C.||Blissfield, MI|
|Lori Lindahl||Orange California Lionettes||Long Beach, CA|
|Becky Loveday||K.C. J. C./Raytown Piperettes||Kansas City, MO|
|Ann Mattlock||Missouri-K.C./Raytown Piperettes||Kansas City, MO|
|Carolyn Miller||F||5-10||29||Houston Jets||Palestine, TX|
|Norma Rowland||Raytown Piperettes||Kansas City, MO|
|Barbara Ann Sipes||C||6-2||31||Raytown Piperettes||Hickman Mills, MO|
|Dixie Woodall||F||27||Raytown Piperettes||Kansas City, MO|
|HEAD COACH: Alberta Cox, Kansas City Piperettes (MO)|
1967 USA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS
|Aspedon||6||16- 24||.667||18||49/ 8.2|
|Sipes||6||14-||17- 26||.654||19||45/ 7.5|
|Miller||6||16-||9- 22||.409||20||41/ 6.8|
|Horkey||6||19-||1- 4||.250||11||39/ 6.5|
|Woodall||5||10-||1- 4||.250||12||21/ 4.2|
|Ham||5||9-||0- 2||.000||12||18/ 3.6|
|Matlock||5||6-||2- 4||.500||17||14/ 2.8|
|Finley||5||5-||0- 2||.000||20||10/ 2.0|
|Benedetto||3||3-||0- 0||.---||4||6/ 2.0|
|Lindahl||4||1-||4- 6||.667||7||6/ 1.5|
|Rowland||4||0-||2- 4||.500||7||2/ 0.5|
|Loveday||0||0-||0- 0||.---||0||0/ 0.0|
NOTE: 1967 USA Women's World Championship individual player cumulative statistics are not available.