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1971 USA Women's World Championship Team

SIXTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN -- 1971

  • Date:
    Feb 25, 2014

Sao Paulo, Brazil • May 15-29, 1971


Originally scheduled to be held in Chile in 1970, the Sixth Women's World Championship was postponed for a year and moved to Brazil after Chile withdrew its offer to host the event in the spring of 1970.

1971 USA RESULTS (6-2)
South Korea 86 USA 50
France 68 USA 51
USA 76 Ecuador 36
CLASSIFICATION ROUND
USA 70 Ecuador 56
USA 60 Australia 49
USA 73 Madagascar 44
USA 74 Argentina 71
USA 80 Canada 60

1971 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL STANDINGS
1. Soviet Union (9-0) 8. USA (6-2)
2. Czechoslovakia (7-2) 9. Australia (5-3)
3. Brazil (4-2) 10. Canada (4-4)
4. South Korea (6-3) 12. Argentina (2-6)
5. Japan (4-5) 12. Ecuador (1-7)
6. France (3-6)* 13. Madagascar (0-8)
7. Cuba (3-6)*
*Final standings determined by results between tied teams.

The team that represented the USA in 1971 was made up by three members of the AAU champion Hutcherson Flying Queens (Wayland Baptist College, Texas), six members from AAU runner-up Raytown Piperettes (Mo.), two members from third-place finishing Ouachita Baptist University (Ark.), and one player from Parsons College (Iowa). Of the 13 teams that competed in the 1971 World Championship, the USA's was the youngest and least experienced.

Despite recording six consecutive wins to finish the tournament with a respectable 6-2 record, by falling in its first two preliminary round games, finishing third in its group and failing to advance to the medal round, the United States World Championship Team was only able to manage an eighth-place finish.

The death blow to the Americans' medal hopes came early. By losing their first two games, the U.S. women failed to advance to the final round and thus any medal hopes were gone.

The United States was thumped 86-50 by South Korea in the opening game of the tournament as Myrna DeBerry scored a team-high 12 points on May 15.

In dire need of a victory, the U.S. actually led France by one at halftime, 33-32, however, France roared back and outscored the U.S. 36-18 in the second half to finish on top of a lopsided 68-51 score, despite 18 points from Carolyn Dornak and 13 from Carol Bollinger.

Ellen Mosher and Pat Ramsey scored 12 points apiece, but despite finishing the preliminary round with a commanding 76-36 victory over Ecuador, South Korea and France advanced to the final round and the U.S. was left to the consolation round.

The American team began to jell in the consolation round, reeling off three impressive wins. The first was a 70-56 decision over Ecuador as four players scored in double digits, led by Linda Gamble with 13 points. The U.S. next picked off Australia 60-49, behind 16 points from Ramsey. In a well-rounded team effort that saw every American score, including Ramsey's team-high 12 points, the USA earned a 73-44 victory over Madagascar.

Madagascar's participation marked the first time that the African continent was represented.

Breaking a 34-all halftime, the U.S. narrowly clipped Argentina 74-71 as Cherri Rapp scored 19 points and Ramsey added 18.

Four players scored in double digits, including 20 from Gamble, as the USA closed out the competition with a 80-60 win over Canada to capture eighth place.

The Soviet Union, led by 18-year old Jullana Semenova who measured 6-11, won its fourth consecutive World Championship title, Czechoslovakia earned the silver and Brazil took the bronze.

1971 USA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM ROSTER

NAME POS HGT WGT AGE SCHOOL/ AFFILIATION HOMETOWN
Carol Bollinger F/G 5-7 Ouachita Baptist University Brookshire, TX
Colleen Bowser G 5-8 Raytown Piperettes Augusta, KS
Myrna DeBerry C 6-0 23 Raytown Piperettes Hot Springs, AR
Carolyn Dornak F 5-7 Wayland Baptist College Jourdanton, TX
Linda Gamble F/G 5-7 20 Ouachita Baptist University Grande Cane, LA
Pam Mindemann C 6-3 Raytown Piperettes Apache, OK
Ellen Mosher C/F 6-0 Parsons College Allison, IA
Pat Ramsey C/F 6-1 Raytown Piperettes Tyler, TX
Cherri Rapp C/F 5-11 21 Wayland Baptist College Estelline, TX
Judy Schneider F 5-7 23 Raytown Piperettes Indianapolis, IN
Marcia Shieldknight G 5-6 Wayland Baptist College Spearman, TX
Marian Washington C/F 5-9 Raytown Piperettes Westchester, PA
HEAD COACH: Alberta Cox, Raytown Piperettes (MO)
ASSISTANT COACH: Carolyn Moffatt, Ouachita Baptist University (AR)
MANAGER: Mauriece Smith, University of Missouri-Kansas City
CAPTAIN: Myrna DeBerry

1971 USA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G FGM-FGA PCT FTM-FTA PCT REB/AVG PTS/AVG
Pat Ramsey 8 35- 72 .486 23- 27 .852 45/ 5.6 93/ 11.6
Linda Gamble 8 33- 61 .541 8- 14 .571 16/ 2.0 74/ 9.3
Cherri Rapp 8 23- 53 .434 12- 26 .462 74/ 9.3 58/ 7.3
Ellen Mosher 8 26- 48 .542 5- 8 .625 44/ 5.5 57/ 7.1
Myrna DeBerry 8 18- 41 .439 15- 22 .682 22/ 2.8 51/ 6.4
Marian Washington 8 21- 38 .553 7- 16 .438 68/ 8.5 49/ 6.1
Carol Bollinger 8 21- 43 .488 5 - 8 .625 19/ 2.4 47/ 5.9
Carolyn Dornak 8 19- 49 .388 1- 3 .333 20/ 2.5 39/ 4.9
Colleen Bowser 8 10- 26 .385 6- 10 .600 11/ 1.4 26/ 3.3
Judy Schneider 8 8- 23 .348 3- 6 .500 15/ 1.9 19/ 2.4
Pam Mindemann 8 6- 16 .375 0- 0 .000 11/ 1.4 12/ 1.5
Marcia Shieldknight 8 4- 8 .500 1- 2 .500 4/ 0.5 9/ 1.1
USA
8 223-477 .468 85-141 .603 349/ 43.6 534/ 66.8
OPP.
8   470/ 58.9

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