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1984 U.S. Olympic Women's Basketball Team

Games of the XXIIIrd Olympiad -- 1984

  • Date:
    Dec 21, 2011

Los Angeles, California, USAJuly 29 - August 10, 1984


The 1984 Olympic women's basketball competition began with some disappointment, as the eagerly awaited Olympic showdown between the United States and Soviet Union women was once again prevented by politics, this time it was the Soviet team that did not compete. However, by the time the 1984 competition ended, the U.S. women had plenty to celebrate as the Americans cruised to their first Olympic gold medal with a perfect 6-0 slate, and in the process had outscored their opponents by an average of 32.7 points-per-game.


1984 USA RESULTS (6-0)
USA 83 Yugoslavia 55
USA 81 Australia 47
USA 84 South Korea 47
USA 91 China 55
USA 92 Canada 61
USA 85 South Korea 55

1984 OLYMPIC GAMES FINAL STANDINGS

1. USA (6-0) 2. South Korea (4-2)
3. China(3-3) 4. Canada(2-4)
5. Australia (1-4) 5. Yugoslavia (1-4)

Opening against Yugoslavia, the American team led comfortably at half, 43-29, and never looked back en route to an 83-55 win as USC standout Cheryl Miller opened the Games with a 23 point performance. Shooting 70.8 percent (17-24) from the field and limiting Australia to 15.4 percent shooting (4-26) in the first half, the U.S. was in command 51-28 at halftime. The U.S. contingent continued its surge in the second half and Australia was overrun by the USA squad 81-47. The 6'3' Miller again led the U.S. offensive attack with 20 points. All 12 U.S. players scored in an 84-47 victory over South Korea, and behind Lynette Woodard's 15 points and 14 more from Janice Lawrence, China fell to the American squad 91-55. Advancing to the semifinals, the Americans handed their neighbors to the North, Canada, a 92-61 setback as 11 of the 12 USA team members scored, led by 6'8' Anne Donovan's 14-point and six-rebound effort.

The gold medal game was no different for the American women than their first five games. Facing South Korea for the second time, South Korea played tough for the first six minutes, but with the score even at 12 the United States went on a 16-2 run to mount a 28-14 lead with 8:10 remaining in the first half. By half, the U.S. was ahead by 15, 42-27. South Korea closed the gap early in the second half to 10 before the United States reeled off 14 unanswered points to ice the Koreans and cruise to an impressive 85-55 victory. Indicative of the team effort that earned the gold medal, all 12 U.S. players scored in the gold medal game. Miller led the USA charge with 16 points and added 11 rebounds, while Lawrence added 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Cindy Noble accounted for 10 points. Miller, averaging 16.5 points-per-game, led the team in scoring, rebounding, steals and assists. On the sidelines, U.S. head coach Pat Head Summitt became the first U.S. Olympian to win a basketball medal as a player (silver in 1976) and then returned to win an Olympic gold medal as a head coach.

1984 USA WOMEN’S OLYMPIC TEAM ROSTER

NAME POS HGT WGT AGE SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Cathy Boswell F 6-0 172 21 Illinois State Shorewood, IL
Denise Curry F 6-1 162 24 UCLA Davis,CA
Anne Donovan C 6-8 175 22 Old Dominion Ridgewood, NJ
Teresa Edwards G 5-11 150 20 Georgia Cairo, GA
Lea Henry G 5-4 117 22 Tennesse Damascus, GA
Janice Lawrence C 6-3 160 20 Louisiana Tech Lucedale, MS
Pam McGee C 6-3 170 21 Southern California Flint, MI
Carol Menken-Schaudt C 6-5 170 26 Oregon State Eugene,OR
Cheryl Miller F 6-3 150 20 Southern California Riverside, CA
Kim Mulkey G 5-4 125 20 Louisiana Tech Tickfaw, LA
Cindy Noble C 6-5 165 25 Tennessee Clarksburg, OH
Lynette Woodard G 5-11 155 24 Kansas Wichita, KS
HEAD COACH: Pat Summitt, University of Tennessee
ASSISTANT COACH: Nancy Darsch, University of Tennessee
ASSISTANT COACH: Kay Yow, North Carolina State University
MANAGER: Bety Jo Graber, Weathersford College(TX)
TEAM PHYSICIAN: Frank Haufe, Knoxville, TN
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Tina Bonci, University of Pennsylvania

1984 USA USA WOMEN’S OLYMPIC TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G FGM-FGA PCT FTM-FTA PCT REB/AVG PTS/AVG AT BK ST
Miller 6 37- 56 .661 25-33 .758 42/7.0 99/16.5 25 6 19
Woodard 6 25- 54 .463 13-22 .591 24/4.0 63/10.5 15 0 8
Lawrence 6 20- 40 .500 17-25 .680 37/6.2 57/9.5 10 5 5
Noble 6 21- 29 .724 10-16 .625 21/3.5 52/8.7 1 1 5
Donovan 6 19- 38 .500 7-10 .700 32/5.3 45/7.5 6 9 7
Curry 6 18- 31 .581 6-7 .857 21/3.5 42/7.0 10 0 3
McGee 6 15- 35 .429 7-9 .778 19/3.2 37/6.2 7 0 3
Mulkey 6 13- 26 .500 6-8 .750 6/1.0 32/5.3 14 0 5
Henry 6 11- 24 .458 3-4 .750 9/1.5 25/4.2 18 0 3
Menken-Schaudt 6 11- 14 .786 3-9 .333 18/3.0 25/4.2 2 3 1
Boswell 6 11- 26 .423 2-2 1.000 10/1.7 24/4.0 10 0 10
Edwards 6 6- 22 .273 3-9 .333 12/2.0 15/2.5 8 0 7
USA 6 207-395 .524 102-154 .662 304/50.7 516/86.0 126 24 76
OPP. 6 118-320 .369 84-115 .730 194/32.3 320/53.3 74 14 45

 

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