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1998 USA Women's World Championship Team

THIRTEENTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN -- 1998

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

Karlsruhe, Bremen and Berlin, Germany • May 26 - June 7, 1998


Posting an unblemished 9-0 record, the 1998 USA squad captured the 13th FIBA World Championship after rallying to claim come-from-behind victories in its semifinal and gold medal match-ups.


1998 USA RESULTS (9-0)
USA 95 Japan 89
USA 87 Lithuania 61
USA 77 Senegal 48
USA 70 China 54
USA 79 Spain 68
USA 96 Russia 60
FINAL ROUND
USA 89 Slovakia 62
USA 93 Brazil 79
USA 71 Russia 65

1998 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL STANDINGS

1. USA (9-0) 9. Japan (4-4)
2. Russia (7-2) 10. Hungary (2-6)
3. Australia (8-1) 11. Germany (3-5)
4. Brazil (6-3) 12. China (3-5)
5. Spain (5-4) 13. S. Korea (2-3)
6. Lithuania (4-5) 14. Senegal (1-4)
7. Cuba (4-5) 15. Argentina (1-4)
8. Slovakia (3-6) 16. Congo (0-5)

Lisa Leslie averaged a U.S. high of 17.1 ppg. in addition to her team second best 8.8 rpg., Natalie Williams averaged 12.3 ppg. and a team high 9.6 rpg., while guard Dawn Staley finished with a record 52 assists (5.8 apg.), while also contributing 7.0 ppg.

Defeating its preliminary first round opponents Japan 95-89 on May 26, Lithuania 87-61 on May 27 and Senegal 77-48 on May 28, the U.S. advanced to the preliminary second round at the top of its pool.

The U.S. cruised through its second round games, surpassing China 70-54 on May 30, Spain 79-68 on May 31 and closed out the round with a 36-point, 96-60, rout of previously unbeaten Russia on June 1 to advance to the quarterfinals again at the top of its group.

Matched against the Slovak Republic in the quarterfinals, the USA received strong efforts from its bench as Chamique Holdsclaw and DeLisha Milton recorded 20 and 11 points each to lead the U.S. to the 89-62 victory on June 4.

In the semifinal game, after trailing by as many as 10 points in the first half, the USA rallied in the second half to earn a 93-79 victory over rival Brazil. Ruthie Bolton-Holifield scored 16 points and hit a key three-pointer with 17:25 to play in the second half that gave the U.S. the lead 51-49 and the USA rolled in for the victory. Williams and Leslie also finished with 16 points, and added 13 and 14 rebounds, respectively.

In the gold medal contest against Russia, unlike the first meeting in which the U.S. dominated almost from the start, the U.S. trailed for most of the game and at halftime lagged behind 37-28.

Fighting back in the second half, the game's deciding moment came with 1:46 remaining. With the U.S. trailing 61-60, Bolton-Holifield nailed a three to put the USA into the lead 63-61. Russia tied the game, but Bolton-Holifield answered with her second straight three to give the U.S. a 66-63 lead at 1:12. Russia scored to make it a one point game with 52 seconds left, then Leslie increased the U.S. lead back to three, 68-65, when she hit a turn-around jumper with 34 seconds showing. Russia turned the ball over on its following possession, and the USA's Katie Smith recovered it and eventually Staley was fouled with 10 seconds left. Staley made both free throws to up the U.S. lead to 70-65, and after Russia missed a three-pointer, Staley made one of two free throws with 3 seconds left to seal the 71-65 victory.

Leslie finished as the USA's top scorer with 20 points and a game best 12 rebounds. Milton added 13 points, while Bolton-Holifield and Smith each had 11 points. Staley recorded seven points and tied the USA World Championship single game record for assists with 12.

1998 USA WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM ROSTER

NAME POS HGT WGT AGE AFFILIATION (SCHOOL) HOMETOWN
Jennifer Azzi G 5-8 140 29 San Jose Lasers (Stanford) Oak Ridge, TN
Ruthie Bolton G 5-8 150 30 Sacramento Monarchs (Auburn) McClain, MS
Edna Campbell G 5-8 140 29 Colorado Xplosion (Texas) Pittsburgh, PA
Chamique Holdsclaw F 6-2 166 20 University of Tennessee Astoria, NY
Lisa Leslie F/C 6-5 170 25 Los Angeles Sparks (USC) Hawthorne, CA
Nikki McCray G 5-11 158 26 Washington Mystics (Tennessee) Collierville, TN
Taj McWilliams C 6-3 173 27 Philadelphia Rage (St. Edward's) Augusta, GA
DeLisha Milton C 6-1 170 23 Portland Power (Florida) Riceboro, GA
Katie Smith G 5-11 173 23 Columbus Quest (Ohio State) Logan, OH
Dawn Staley G 5-6 125 27 Philadelphia Rage (Virginia) Philadelphia, PA
Tina Thompson (injured) C 6-3 185 23 Houston Comets (USC) Los Angeles, CA
Natalie Williams F 6-2 177 27 Portland Power (UCLA) Taylorsville, UT
Kara Wolters C 6-7 210 22 New England Blizzard (Conn.) Holliston, MA
HEAD COACH: Nell Fortner, USA Basketball
ASSISTANT COACH: Anne Donovan, Philadelphia Rage
ASSISTANT COACH: Bernadette Mattox, University of Kentucky
ASSISTANT COACH: Deb Patterson, Kansas State University
TEAM PHYSICIAN: George DeSilvester, Carmel, IN
TEAM PHYSICIAN: David Walden, Colorado Springs, CO
TEAM PHYSICIAN: Dave Weinstein, Colorado Springs, CO
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Ed Ryan, U.S. Olympic Committee

1998 USA WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS


NAME G/S FGM-A PCT 3PM-A PCT FTM-A PCT REB PTS AT BK ST
Leslie 9/9 64-122 .525 0- 1 .000 26- 35 .743 79/ 8.8 154/17.1 16 8 15
Williams 9/9 47- 86 .547 0- 2 .000 17- 23 .739 86/ 9.6 111/12.3 9 7 9
Holdsclaw 9/0 38- 82 .463 0- 1 .000 22- 36 .611 49/ 5.4 98/10.9 10 5 10
Smith 9/9 30- 75 .400 8- 24 .333 16- 22 .727 25/ 2.8 84/ 9.3 7 3 10
McCray 9/8 36- 64 .563 0- 1 .000 12- 16 .750 23/ 2.6 84/ 9.3 14 1 11
Milton 9/0 27- 42 .643 0- 0 .--- 10- 15 .667 38/ 4.2 64/ 7.1 13 6 9
Staley 9/9 23- 55 .418 6- 20 .300 11- 12 .917 9/ 1.0 63/ 7.0 52 0 14
Bolton 7/1 16- 42 .381 10- 24 .417 0- 0 .--- 12/ 1.7 42/ 6.0 8 0 4
Wolters 8/0 18- 44 .409 0- 0 .--- 4- 4 1.000 29/ 3.6 40/ 5.0 4 7 5
Azzi 8/0 6- 20 .300 0- 4 .000 4- 5 .800 4/ 0.5 16/ 2.0 9 1 2
Campbell 4/0 0- 8 .000 0- 2 .000 1- 2 .500 4/ 1.0 1/ 0.3 2 0 2
McWilliams 0/0 0- 0 .--- 0- 0 .--- 0- 0 .--- 0/ 0.0 0/ 0.0 0 0 0
USA 9 305-640 .477 24- 79 .304 123-170 .724 443/49.2 757/84.1 144 38 91
OPP. 9 206-570 .361 27- 88 .307 147-205 .717 299/33.2 586/65.1 89 34 79

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