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1983 USA Women's World Championship Team

NINTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN -- 1983

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

Sao Paulo, Brazil • July 24 - August 6, 1983


Looking to repeat the gold medal effort of the 1979 USA team, the '83 American team came within one basket of recording a monumental upset of the Soviets and earning their second consecutive World Championship gold medal. Still, the U.S. finished a successful 6-2 and collected the silver medal.

1983 USA RESULTS (6-2)
USA 101 China 91 (OT)
USA 92 Yugoslavia 49
USSR 85 USA 84
USA 82 Poland 63
USA 109 Brazil 78
USA 82 South Korea 66
USA 99 Bulgaria 77
USSR 84 USA 82

1983 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL STANDINGS

1. Soviet Union
(8-0)
8. Yuogslavia (1-6)
2. USA (6-2) 9. Canada (4-0)
3. China (4-4) 10. Cuba (3-1)
4. S. Korea (3-5) 11. Australia (2-2)
5. Brazil (3-4) 12. Japan (2-2)
6. Bulgaria (3-4) 13. Peru (1-3)
7. Poland (1-6) 14. Zaire (0-4)
NOTE: Team records reflect results from Final Round or Consolation Round games only.

In its opening game, the USA struggled before claiming a 101-91 overtime victory against a surprisingly strong team from China. Leading 41-39 at intermission, the U.S. trailed near the end of regulation and was only able to force overtime after Denise Curry sank both of her free throws with one second remaining to even the score at 84-all. The U.S. outscored China 17-7 in the overtime to take the 101-91 victory and Curry finished the night with 28 points. Behind 17 points and six steals from Lynette Woodard, the U.S. took it to Yugoslavia right from the opening tip. Leading 47-23 at halftime, the Americans sailed on to the 92-49 win, recording a U.S. record 25 steals in the process.

Meeting the Soviets in a major international competition for the first time since the 1976 Olympic Games, the resulting clash was another women's basketball classic. Starting strongly, the United States led 49-40 at the intermission, but the USSR squad rallied and after a last second U.S. shot failed to drop, the Soviets had pulled out a 85-84 victory. Cheryl Miller led the U.S. with 24 points and Woodard added 18. 7'2' Jullana Semenova led the USSR with 31 points.

As a result of that loss, if gold medal hopes were to remain alive then the Americans needed to win all of their remaining games. And the U.S. came within a last second basket of doing just that.

All 12 U.S. players scored in an 82-63 win over Poland, then the USA handed Brazil a 109-78 defeat as Miller and LaTaunya Pollard each scored 20 points. Woodard and Miller were credited with 22 and 19 points, respectively, in the USA's 82-66 win over South Korea, and despite leading by just two at halftime, the U.S. rolled in the second half and downed Bulgaria 99-77. Miller led the U.S. offense with 18 points.

Earning a birth in the finals and a rematch with its on-court nemesis, the Soviet Union, a win over the Soviet squad was all that stood between the U.S. and the gold medal.

As was the case in the first meeting, the USA played a solid first half and retired to the locker room leading 40-37. Both teams came out strong in the second half and the USA managed to hold onto a slim lead. With six minutes left the Soviets finally pulled ahead and with 1:13 to play held a 82-78 advantage over the Americans. The U.S. refused to die and with six seconds left tied the game 82-82. The USSR inbounded the ball to Elena Chausova who launched the game winning shot, earning the USSR an 84-82 victory and the gold medal. Miller led the USA's losing cause with 23 points, while Woodard added 14.

1983 USA WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM ROSTER

NAME POS HGT WGT AGE SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Cheryl Cook G 5-9 154 20 Cincinnati Indianapolis, IN
Denise Curry F 6-1 162 23 UCLA Davis, CA
Anne Donovan C 6-8 168 21 Old Dominion Ridgewood, NJ
Patty Jo Hedges G 5-8 130 22 Kentucky Louisville, KY
Lisa Ingram C 6-2 186 18 Northeast Louisiana Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Janice Lawrence C 6-3 157 21 Louisiana Tech Lucedale, MS
Pam McGee C 6-3 170 20 Southern California Flint, MI
Cheryl Miller F 6-3 140 19 Southern California Riverside, CA
Kim Mulkey G 5-4 135 21 Louisiana Tech Tickfaw, LA
Cindy Noble C 6-5 165 24 Tennessee Clarksburg,OH
LaTaunya Pollard F 5-10 135 22 Long Beach State East Chicago, IN
Lynette Woodard G 5-11 156 23 Kansas Wichita, KS
HEAD COACH: Pat Head Summitt, University of Tennessee
ASSISTANT COACH: Fran Garmon, Texas Christian University
MANAGER: Phyllis Holmes, Greenville College (IL)
CHIEF OF MISSION: Lea Plarski, St. Louis Community College (MO)
TEAM PHYSICIAN: Donna Perry, MC U.S.N.R.
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Karen Toburen, University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse

1983 USA WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G
FGM-FGA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AT
ST
Miller 8
47- 78
.603
47- 59
.797
35/ 4.4
141/ 17.6
7
30
Woodard 8
52- 97
.536
22- 31
.710
35/ 4.4
126/ 15.8
11
33
Curry 8
47- 83
.566
15- 19
.789
18/ 2.3
109/ 13.6
1
8
Pollard 8
35- 57
.614
18- 23
.783
8/ 1.0
88/ 11.0
11
8
Lawrence 8
26- 58
.448
19- 24
.792
23/ 2.9
71/ 8.9
0
10
Donovan 8
18- 31
.581
10- 16
.625
14/ 1.8
46/ 5.8
2
11
Ingram 4
8- 17
.471
2- 2
1.000
2/ 0.5
18/ 4.5
4
2
Hedges 8
16- 43
.372
2- 4
.500
15/ 1.9
34/ 4.3
19
15
McGee 6
6- 19
.316
13- 19
.684
16/ 2.7
25/ 4.2
0
6
Noble 8
8- 21
.381
15- 20
.750
24/ 3.0
31/ 3.9
1
4
Mulkey 8
11- 22
.500
3- 6
.500
5/ 0.6
25/ 3.1
17
14
Cook 7
6- 23
.261
5- 8
.625
4/ 0.6
17/ 2.4
3
8
USA TOTALS 8
280-549
.510
171-231
.740
199/ 24.9
731/ 91.4
76
149
OPP. TOTALS 8
 
 
593/ 74.1

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