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1980 U.S. Olympic Women's Basketball Team

Games of the XXIInd Olympiad -- 1980

  • Date:
    Dec 21, 2011

Moscow, Soviet UnionJuly 20 - 30, 1980


In protest of the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan, the United States, along with Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, China and Argentina did not participate in the 1980 Olympic Games that were hosted by the USSR and held in Moscow.

1980 USA OLYMPIC QUALIFYING RESULTS(6-1)
USA 68 Australia 57
USA 109 Hungary 79
USA 104 France 58
USA 85 Yugoslavia 84
South Korea 89 USA 88
USA 102 Czechoslovakia 66
USA 76 Bulgaria 75

1980 OLYMPIC GAMES FINAL STANDINGS

1. Soviet Union (6-0) 2. Bulgaria (4-2)
3. Yugoslavia (4-2) 4. Hungary (2-4)
5. Cuba (1-4) 6. Italy (0-5)

Trials for the 1980 Olympic Team were held March 24-28 in Colorado Springs in two stages. The first stage was an 'open' Trials held March 24-25 which featured 203 players who primarily hailed from the AIAW college ranks. The second stage of the Trials was held March 26-28 and consisted of 18 invited players who were joined by seven players from the 'open' Trials. A 12 member team and three alternates were selected, however, 1976 Olympian Nancy Lieberman, in a show of support for the boycott, withdrew from the squad shortly after the Trials and was replaced by Debra Miller.

Knowing they would be denied their opportunity to compete for the Olympic gold in Moscow, ABAUSA and the USA Women's Olympic Basketball Team elected to go ahead with training and to compete in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Prior to the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, the USA team recorded a 99-57 triumph over a Hudson Valley (N.Y.) all-star team. Then the U.S. women journeyed to Europe where they crushed the Italian National Team 81-62, and defeated the French National Team twice, 81-80 and 96-74

Traveling on to Varna, Bulgaria for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, 22 countries participated in the tourney that would determine the five countries that would qualify for the 1980 Olympics. The Soviet Union women did not compete in the Olympic Qualification Tournament because they had already qualified for the '80 Games as the host country and as the defending Olympic champions.

The American women posted an impressive 6-1 record to win the tournament and established themselves as an Olympic favorite along with the Soviets. Bettering their opponents by an average victory margin of 17.7 points a game, the USA's lone setback was to South Korea in the semi-final group play by a single point 89-88. The USA's list of victims during the Tournament included one-point wins over 1980 Olympic silver medalist Bulgaria (76-75), and bronze medalist Yugoslavia (85-84).

UCLA's 6'1' standout forward Denise Curry emerged as the team's offensive standout, averaging 17.8 ppg. and 5.7 rpg. in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. The USA also received strong offensive efforts from 6'5' Cindy Noble, 13.8 ppg. and 6.7 rpg., Rosie Walker, 12.7 ppg. and 5.7 rpg., LaTaunya Pollard and Carol Blazejowski, 12.0 ppg. and 10.7 ppg. respectively.

With the USA not taking part in the 1980 Games, Hungary was selected to replace the U.S. women's team. The Soviet Union's path to the gold medal proved even less challenging than in 1976. The USSR compiled an unblemished 6-0 record, winning all its games by 31 points or more. In the Olympic finals, the Soviets easily defeated Bulgaria 104-73 to earn the gold medal, and Yugoslavia captured the bronze medal after defeating Hungary 68-65.

1980 USA WOMEN’S OLYMPIC TEAM ROSTER

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Carol Blazejowski
G
5-10
150
23
Montclair State College Cranford, NJ
Denise Curry
F
6-1
167
20
UCLA Davis,CA
Anne Donovan
C
6-8
168
18
Old Dominion Ridgewood, NJ
Tara Heiss
G
5-6
132
23
Maryland Bethesda, MD
Kris Kirchner
C
6-2
174
20
Maryland New Providence, NJ
Debra Miller
F
5-11
155
19
Boston University Bronx, NY
Cindy Noble
C
6-5
165
21
Tennessee Clarksburg, OH
LaTaunya Pollard
F
5-10
135
19
Long Beach State East Chicago, IN
Jill Rankin
C
6-3
166
21
Tennessee Phillips, TX
Rosie Walker
F
6-1
189
22
Stephen F. Austin State Emerson, AR
Holly Warlick
G
5-7
130
21
Tennessee Knoxville, TN
Lynette Woodard
G
5-11
156
20
Kansas Wichita, KS
HEAD COACH: Sue Gunter, Stephen F. Austin State University
ASSISTANT COACH: Pat Head, University of Tennessee
MANAGER: Bety Jo Graber, Weathersford College (TX)

1980 USA WOMEN’S OLYMPIC TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G
FGM-FGA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
STL
Curry 6
45-74
.608
17-19
.895
34/5.7
107/17.8
7
4
Noble 6
31-53
.585
21-27
.778
37/6.7
83/13.8
3
4
Walker 6
27-41
.659
22-31
.710
34/5.7
76/12.7
5
4
Pollard 6
31-61
.508
10-13
.769
15/2.5
72/12.0
3
5
Blazejowski 6
25-54
.463
14-18
.778
21/3.5
64/10.7
7
3
Heiss 6
13-18
.722
8-8
1.000
12/2.0
34/5.7
20
5
Donovan 6
12-21
.571
5-7
.714
12/2.0
31/5.2
1
4
Rankin 6
11-19
.579
6-6
1.000
13/1.7
28/4.7
0
2
Woodard 6
13-19
.684
1-2
.500
9/1.5
27/4.5
3
5
Miller 3
5-10
.500
3-7
.429
7/2.3
13/4.3
1
2
Kirchner 5
7-10
.700
1-1
1.000
9/1.5
8/1.3
0
2
Warlick 6
3-8
.375
2-2
1.000
9/1.5
8/1.3
11
7
USA 7
223-388
.575
110-141
.780
210/35.0
632/90.3
61
47
OPP 7
185-398
.465
63-99
.636
159/26.5
508/72.6
29
46

*The USA did not participate in the 1980 Moscow Olympics. However, the team did participate in the FIBA Pre-Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Varna, Bulgaria. The cumulative statistics from the Pre-Olympic Qualifying Tournament can be found above.

Note: individual cumulative statistical totals reflect only six of the seven games the USA played because the box score versus Bulgaria is not available. Team cumulative statistical totals reflect six game totals as well, except for points scored and points scored per game which include totals for all seven games.

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