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1986 USA Women's World Championship Team

TENTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN -- 1986

  • Date:
    Aug 14, 2013

Moscow, Soviet Union • August 10-17, 1986


In 1986, the USA women's World Championship team earned the gold and cut down the 'nyets.' After a 108-88 rout of the Soviets in the finals, the USA celebrated by cutting down the net, a tradition that was not well received by the Russians.

1986 USA RESULTS (7-0)

USA 105 Taipei 52
USA 89 Czechoslovakia 61
USA 78 Hungary 63
USA 76 Australia 50
USA 99 China 74
USA 82 Canada 59
USA 108 USSR 88

1986 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL STANDINGS

1. USA (7-0) 7. Bulgaria (3-4)
2. Soviet Union
(6-1)
8. Hungary (2-5)
3. Canada (5-2) 9. Australia (3-4)
4. Czechoslovakia (4-3) 10. S. Korea (2-5)
5. China (5-2) 11. Brazil (1-6)
6. Cuba (4-3) 12. Chinese Taipei (0-7)

Also not received well by the Soviets was the obvious end of one basketball dynasty and the beginning of another. In a game that the Soviets had dominated since the late 1950's, the USA took the upperhand by defeating the Soviet Union not once, but twice in the same summer. The first victory came at the Goodwill Games and the second was in the gold medal game of the prestigious World Championship.

The American squad opened competition with a 105-52 romp over Taipei, and followed that with an 89-61 win over Czechoslovakia. Hungary was the next U.S. victim as the USA rolled to a 78-63 win. The Americans closed-out preliminary pool play by defeating Australia, 76-50, and China 99-74. Throughout the preliminary play, 1986 USC graduate Cheryl Miller, and Georgia's Katrina McClain stole the show. Miller tallied team highs of 21 versus Australia and 22 against China, while McClain scored U.S. bests of 19 and 21 against the Czechs and Hungary.

While the USA cruised to the semifinals untouched, the Soviets did the same. It appeared the USA and USSR were destined for a rematch of the Goodwill Games final played only a month prior. The Soviets were paired against Czechoslovakia who they topped 78-67 to move into the finals. The U.S. squad, behind 24 points from McClain, handed Canada a lopsided 82-59 loss in a game that U.S. head coach Kay Yow termed 'the most physical game we've ever played.'

The stage for a rematch was set. The Soviets and U.S. both moved to the finals with perfect 6-0 records. The USSR wanted revenge while the U.S. desired proof that their Goodwill Games victory was no fluke. The USA opened with eight straight points and never looked back, recording a 108-88 victory. The U.S., outrunning the taller Soviet team, dominated play for most of the first half and led by 22 points, 45-23, with less than six minutes left to play in the opening half. The Soviets tightened their defense and by halftime had cut the U.S. lead to 13, 56-43.

The Americans outscored the Soviets 15-1 in a two-minute span midway through the second half, giving the U.S. what proved to be an insurmountable lead of 96-73. From there, the U.S. sailed to the gold medal with its 108-88 victory and another surprisingly easy win over the Soviets. The Americans hit 51 percent of their shots and almost doubled the taller Soviets' rebounds 48-26. All five starters for the U.S. team scored in double figures led by Miller's impressive 24 point and 15 rebound performance. Teresa Edwards added 17 points, Anne Donovan scored 16, Kamie Ethridge had 12, and McClain accounted for 11 points.

 
The final five minutes or so of the 1986 USA Women's World Championship Team defeating Hungary 78-63 in preliminary play. On the floor you'll see USA stars Anne Donovan, Teresa Edwards, Kamie Ethridge, Katrina McClain and Cheryl Miller. There's also a time out where you catch the late great Kay Yow giving her team some pointers.

1986 USA WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM ROSTER

NAME POS HGT WGT AGE SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Cindy Brown F 6-1 155 21 Long Beach State Portland, OR
Cynthia Cooper G 5-10 150 23 Southern California Los Angeles, CA
Clarissa Davis F 6-1 160 18 Texas San Antonio, TX
Anne Donovan C 6-8 178 25 Old Dominion Ridgewood, NJ
Teresa Edwards G 5-11 150 22 Georgia Cairo, GA
Kamie Ethridge G 5-5 125 22 Texas Austin, TX
Jennifer Gillom C/F 6-3 178 21 Mississippi Abbeville, MS
Fran Harris G/F 6-0 158 21 Texas Dallas, TX
Katrina McClain F 6-2 180 20 Georgia Charleston, SC
Suzie McConnell G 5-3 115 20 Penn State Pittsburgh, PA
Cheryl Miller F 6-3 150 22 Southern California Riverside, CA
Teresa Weatherspoon G 5-8 160 20 Louisiana Tech Pineland, TX
HEAD COACH: Kay Yow, North Carolina State University
ASSISTANT COACH: Sylvia Hatchell, Francis Marion College (SC)
ASSISTANT COACH: Marianne Stanley, Old Dominion U. (VA)
MANAGER: Barbara Gill, Johnson County Community College (KS)
TEAM PHYSICIAN: Gerard Lawrence, Willimantic, CT
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Karen Toburen, University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse

1986 USA WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AT
BK
SL
Miller 7
47- 89
.528
0- 0
.000
32- 42
.762
55/ 7.9
126/ 18.0
19
6
23
Edwards 7
48- 86
.558
0- 0
.000
11- 13
.846
18/ 2.6
107 /15.3
30
1
14
McClain 7
40- 64
.625
0- 0
.000
18- 32
.563
42/ 6.0
98/ 14.0
5
5
19
Donovan 7
31- 57
.544
0- 1
.000
14- 14
1.000
69/ 9.9
76/ 10.9
0
3
5
Davis 7
20- 41
.488
0- 0
.000
11- 16
.688
19/ 2.7
51/ 7.3
7
2
14
Cooper 7
17- 34
.500
1- 2
.500
6- 6
1.000
13/ 1.9
41/ 5.9
4
1
5
Brown 7
18- 29
.621
0- 0
.000
2- 7
.286
34/ 4.9
38/ 5.4
2
5
7
Ethridge 7
15- 27
.556
0- 0
.000
5- 7
.714
15/ 2.1
35/ 5.0
19
0
18
Harris 7
13- 36
.361
0- 0
.000
6- 9
.667
12/ 1.7
32/ 4.6
4
0
4
Gillom 6
8- 15
.533
0- 0
.000
1- 4
.250
16/ 2.7
17/ 2.8
0
0
2
McConnell 6
7- 11
.636
2- 3
.667
0- 0
.000
5/ 0.8
16/ 2.7
7
0
8
Weatherspoon
Injured
USA 7
264-489
.540
3- 6
.500
106-150
.707
298/42.6
637/ 91.0
97
23
119
OPP. 7
153-397
.385
27- 89
.303
114-140
.814
187/26.7
447/ 63.9
54
4
63

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