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1975 USA Women's Pan American Games Team

SEVENTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN -- 1975

  • Date:
    Feb 26, 2014

Cali, Colombia • September 23 - October 4, 1975


Because of the timing of the World Championship, the U.S. fielded an older team which would not only compete in the World Championship, but also represent the U.S. at the Pan American Games which were to be held in Mexico City eight days after the conclusion of the Seventh World Championship.

1975 USA RESULTS (4-3)
Japan 73 USA 71
USA 65 Australia 52
Czechoslovakia 66 USA 65
CONSOLATION ROUND
USA 78 Hungary 55
Canada 74 USA 68
USA 89 Senegal 33
USA 104 Brazil 72

1975 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL STANDINGS

1. Soviet Union (8-0) 8. USA (4-3)
2. Japan (6-2) 9. Hungary (3-4)
3. Czechoslovakia (6-2) 10. Australia (4-3)
4. Italy (5-3) 11. Canada (3-4)
5. South Korea (4-4) 12. Brazil (2-5)
6. Mexico (3-5) 13. Senegal (0-7)
7. Colombia (0-6)
*Final standings determined by point differential between tied teams.

 

While the United States squad compiled a 4-3 record at the '75 World Championship, those three defeats came by two-point, one-point and six-point margins.

Placed in a very strong four-team group for preliminary action and playing in Bucaramanga, Colombia, and despite receiving 22 points from Lusia Harris, the U.S. was surprised in its first game by eventual silver medalist Japan, 73-71.

Rebounding to knock off Australia 65-52, the U.S. received 14 points from Mary Anne O'Connor, 13 from Harris and Sue Rojcewicz added 10 points.

In need of a victory over Czechoslovakia if it was to advance on to the final round, the USA led comfortably at halftime by nine, 39-30, but USA fell victim to a Czechoslovakian comeback that earned the Czechs a 66-65 victory and the right to advance with Japan to the final round. Juliene Simpson contributed a team-high 15 points in the loss, while Harris scored 14 and Cherri Rapp finished with 10 .

The loss doomed the USA squad to the consolation round, but the Americans made the best of it, winning three of their final four games to take top consolation honors and eighth place overall.

The U.S. opened the consolation round with a 78-55 victory over Hungary in a game that saw the U.S. squad overcome a one point halftime deficit by outscoring their Hungarian counterparts 47-23 in the second half. It was an well-rounded effort by the Americans, who had nine players score between six and 11 points, led by 11 from Carolyn Bush.

Down a point at halftime, Canada outscored the USA 37-30 in the second half to capture a 74-68 win as Ann Meyers and Rojcewicz chipped in 11 points apiece.

The U.S. squad once again regrouped and finished with convincing one-sided victories.

First, behind 16 points from Nancy Dunkle, the U.S. whipped Senegal 89-33, then, the U.S. stomped Brazil 104-72 as Dunkle again top scored, this time with 14 points.

The Soviet Union captured the gold medal after dominating the final round, winning by an average of 32.4 points a game, Japan claimed the silver and Czechoslovakia finished with the bronze medal.

The U.S. team used the World Championship to gain experience and jell. Gaining from its playing experience in Colombia, the same USA team went on to capture the 1975 Pan American Games gold medal, and one year later nine of this team's 12 players would go on to represent the USA in the 1976 Olympic competition.

1975 USA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM ROSTER

NAME POS HGT WGT AGE SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Carolyn Bush F 6-2 150 23 Wayland Baptist College Kingston, TN
Nancy Dunkle C 6-2 155 20 California State Univ.-Fullerton La Habra, CA
Rita Easterling G 5-5 134 20 Mississippi College For Women Morton, MS
Lusia Harris C 6-3 180 20 Delta State University Minter City, MS
Pat Head G 5-10 155 23 University of Tennessee-Martin Seymour, TN
Charlotte Lewis C 6-3 155 20 Illinois State University Peoria, IL
Nancy Lieberman F 5-10 140 17 Far Rockaway High School Far Rockaway, NY
Ann Meyers G 5-9 135 20 Univ. of California-Los Angeles La Habra, CA
Mary Anne O'Connor G 5-10 158 21 Southern Connecticut State Univ. Fairfield, CT
Cherri Rapp F 5-11 150 25 Wayland Baptist College Estelline, TX
Sue Rojcewicz G 5-7 135 22 Southern Connecticut State Worcester, MA
Juliene Simpson G 5-6 156 22 John F. Kennedy College Roselle Park, NJ
HEAD COACH: Cathy Rush, Immaculata College (PA)
ASSISTANT COACH: Billie Jean Moore, California State University at Fullerton
MANAGER: Jeanne Rowlands, Northeastern University (MA)
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Gail Weldon, University of California at Los Angeles
CHIEF OF MISSION: Mildred Barnes, Warrensburg, MO

1975 USA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME FGM-FGA FTM-FTA PCT PF PTS
Harris 7 25- 30-40 .750 28 80/ 11.4
O'Connor 7 30- 16-20 .800 17 76/ 10.9
Dunkle 7 29- 6-14 .429 23 64/ 9.1
Rojcewicz 7 24- 6-8 .750 15 54/ 7.7
Simpson 7 22- 8-10 .800 13 52/ 7.4
Bush 7 14- 13-22 .591 13 41/ 5.9
Rapp 7 19- 3-4 .750 15 41/ 5.9
Meyers 7 15- 10-18 .556 19 40/ 5.7
Head 5 9- 10-10 1.000 6 28/ 5.6
Lewis 4 11- 4-4 1.000 5 26/ 6.5
Liebermann 4 10- 2-6 .333 6 22/ 5.5
Easterling 3 5- 6-6 1.000 5 16/ 5.3
USA 7 213- 114-162 .704  165   540/ 77.1
OPP   7         425/ 60.7

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