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1980 USA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament Team

1980 WOMEN'S FIBA OLYMPIC QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

Varna, Bulgaria • May 5-12, 1980


Traveling 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. The Soviets had already qualified for the '80 Games as the host country and as the defending Olympic champions.


1980 USA RESULTS (5-1)
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

1980 OLYMPIC QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT FINAL STANDINGS

1. USA (5-1) 8. Czechoslovakia (6-3)
*Bulgaria (6-1) 9. South Korea (5-4)
3. *Cuba (6-2) 10. China (4-5)
4. *Yugoslavia (6-3) 10. Canada (2-4)
5. *Italy (6-3) 11. France (3-5)-5)
6. $Hungary (4-4) 12. Poland (2-5)
7. Canada (6-3)







13. Australia, Brazil, Fed. Rep. of Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria and Romania.

*Qualified for the 1980 Olympic Games
$Qualified for the 1980 Olympic Games because the U.S. withdrew

The American women posted an impressive 6-1 record to finish the tournament as co-champions with Bulgaria and establish 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 semifinal 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.

The USA opened play by dispatching its preliminary pool opponents Australia, 68-57, and Hungary, 109-79.

In the second round, which saw the top finishing squads from each of the two six-team pools earn the title of co-champion, the U.S. tossed France aside 104-58 to open the round. The American women then suffered the single-digit loss to South Korea and edged Yugoslavia by a point before closing the round and competition with a 102-66 trouncing of Czechoslovakia.

The second through sixth placed teams in each of the second round groups competed in the final classification round to determine the final three nations that would compete at the Moscow Olympics.

In addition to co-champions Bulgaria, advancing to the 1980 Olympics were (in order of finish) Cuba, Yugoslavia and Italy. With the USA not taking part in the 1980 Games, sixth place finisher Hungary was selected to replace the U.S. women�s team.

UCLA's 6-1 standout forward Denise Curry emerged as the team's main offensive threat, 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., as well as LaTaunya Pollard and Carol Blazejowski, 12.0 ppg. and 10.7 ppg., respectively.

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 QUALIFYING TEAM ROSTER


NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Carol Blazejowski
G
5-10
150
23
Montclair State Coll. 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 (TX)
ASSISTANT COACH: Pat Head, University of Tennessee
MANAGER: Bety Jo Graber, Weathersford College (TX)


1980 USA WOMEN'S OLYMPIC QUALIFYING TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME
G
FGM-FGA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
STL
Denise Curry
6
45- 74
.608
17- 19
.895
34/ 5.7
107/ 17.8
7
4
Cindy Noble
6
31- 53
.585
21- 27
.778
37/ 6.7
83/ 13.8
3
4
Rosie Walker
6
27- 41
.659
22- 31
.710
34/ 5.7
76/ 12.7
5
4
LaTaunya Pollard
6
31- 61
.508
10- 13
.769
15/ 2.5
72/ 12.0
3
5
Carol Blazejowski
6
25- 54
.463
14- 18
.778
21/ 3.5
64/ 10.7
7
3
Tara Heiss
6
13- 18
.722
8- 8
1.000
12/ 2.0
34/ 5.7
20
5
Anne Donovan
6
12- 21
.571
5- 7
.714
12/ 2.0
31/ 5.2
1
4
Jill Rankin
6
11- 19
.579
6- 6
1.000
13/ 1.7
28/ 4.7
0
2
Lynette Woodard
6
13- 19
.684
1- 2
.500
9/ 1.5
27/ 4.5
3
5
Debra Miller
3
5- 10
.500
3- 7
.429
7/ 2.3
13/ 4.3
1
2
Kris Kirchner
5
7- 10
.700
1- 1
1.000
9/ 1.5
8/ 1.3
0
2
Holly Warlick
6
3- 8
.375
2- 2
1.000
9/ 1.5
8/ 1.3
11
7
USA TOTALS
6
223-388
.575
110-141
.780
210/ 35.0
556/ 92.7
61
47
OPP. TOTALS
6
185-398
.465
63- 99
.636
159/ 26.5
433/ 72.2
29
46

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