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1994 USA Women's World Championship Team

TWELFTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN -- 1994

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

Sydney, Australia • June 2-12, 1994


Four points were all that stood between the USA Women's World Championship Team and its third consecutive World Championship gold medal. Compiling a tournament best 7-1 record, the U.S. squad featured a balance of young and old talents directed by Stanford's Tara VanDerveer.


1994 USA RESULTS (7-1)

USA 108 South Korea 64
USA 92 Spain 71
USA 97 New Zealand 47
FINAL ROUND
USA 88 Australia 70
USA 98 Canada 65
USA 103 Slovakia 96
Brazil 110 USA 107
USA 100 Australia 95

1994 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL STANDINGS

1. Brazil (6-2) 9. France (6-2)
2. China (5-3) 10. S. Korea (4-4)
3. USA (7-1) 11. Italy (5-3)
4. Australia (4-4) 12. Japan (3-5)
5. Slovakia (6-2) 13. Poland (5-3)
6. Cuba (5-3) 14. Taiwan (2-6)
7. Canada (3-5) 15. New Zealand
(1-7)
8. Spain (3-5) 16. Kenya (0-8)

Opening its group preliminary play in Hobart, Tasmania, the U.S. team breezed past its first three opponents in impressive style. Behind Katrina McClain's 20 points and 12 rebounds the USA sailed past South Korea 108-64. Daedra Charles scored 18 points as the Americans' inside power helped push the U.S. to a 92-71 win over 1993 European champions Spain. New Zealand was crushed 97-47 as 18-year-old 6'7' center Kara Wolters accounted for 26 points in a game that saw the U.S. rest some of its veterans.

Opening the quarterfinals round in Sydney facing a very strong Australian squad, Charles' 22 points helped the U.S. to a hard fought 88-70 win. Having seen the USA's inside game dominate, Canada looked to a zone defense to shut down the potent U.S. offense. Hitting 10 of 18 three-point tries for the game, behind the deadly outside bombing of Sheryl Swoopes, 27 points, Jennifer Azzi, 17 points, and Andrea Lloyd, 10 points, the USA contingent scored 18 of its first 22 points from behind the three-point line and sailed on for an easy 98-65 victory. Wrapping up its quarterfinal play against European power Slovakia, the U.S. rallied in the game's final minutes to earn a 103-96 victory as guards Dawn Staley and Teresa Edwards paced the U.S. comeback with 18 and 17 points, respectively.

Advancing to the medal semifinals and carrying a 6-0 record, the USA met an internationally seasoned Brazilian squad. In a closely contested game in which neither team was able to pull away, Brazil made 10 of 10 free throws in the game's final minute to claim a 110-107 victory and earn the right to advance on to the gold medal game. McClain gave the U.S. one of the World Championship's most dominating performances, finishing with 29 points and 19 rebounds, while Ruthie Bolton-Holifield added 17 and Edwards finished with 15 points. Brazil guards Hortencia Marcari and Maria Paula de Silva, both Olympians, accounted for 32 and 29 points, respectively.

Faced with the task of rebounding from the disappointing loss and faced with a rematch against host Australia in the bronze medal game, the U.S. held off a late Australian charge to record a 100-95 win. Edwards and Lisa Leslie led the USA offensive attack with 20 and 19 points, respectively.

Brazil earned the gold medal with an impressive 96-87 victory over China. USA veterans McClain and Edwards were named to the five-member 1994 All-World Championship Team.

1994 USA WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM ROSTER

NAME POS HGT WGT AGE SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Jennifer Azzi G 5-8 140 25 Stanford Oak Ridge, TN
Ruthie Bolton-Holifield G 5-8 150 26 Auburn McClain, MS
Daedra Charles C 6-5 170 25 Tennessee Detroit, MI
Teresa Edwards G 5-11 155 29 Georgia Atlanta, GA
Dena Head G 5-10 165 23 Tennessee Canton, MI
Lisa Leslie F 6-5 170 21 Southern California Hawthorne, CA
Andrea Lloyd F 6-2 165 28 Texas Moscow, ID
Katrina McClain F 6-2 180 28 Georgia Atlanta, GA
Carla McGhee C 6-2 165 26 Tennessee Peoria, IL
Dawn Staley G 5-6 128 24 Virginia Philadelphia, PA
Sheryl Swoopes G 6-0 145 23 Texas Tech Brownfield, TX
Kara Wolters C 6-7 238 18 Connecticut Holliston, MA
HEAD COACH: Tara VanDerveer, Stanford University (CA)
ASSISTANT COACH: Ceal Barry, University of Colorado
ASSISTANT COACH: Charlene Curtis, Temple University (PA)
ASSISTANT COACH: Nancy Darsch, Ohio State University
TEAM PHYSICIAN: Sally Harris, Palo Alto, CA
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Karen Middleton, Nashville, TN

1994 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
McClain 7/7 41- 65 .631 0- 0 .000 20- 24 .833 78/11.1 102/14.6 8 10 2
Charles 8/7 33- 57 .579 0- 0 .000 24- 28 .857 23/2.9 90/11.3 8 0 2
Edwards 7/7 33- 62 .532 11- 22 .500 12- 15 .800 25/3.6 89/12.7 21 1 9
Leslie 8/1 31- 54 .574 0- 0 .000 22- 31 .710 38/4.8 84/10.5 11 1 4
Staley 7/0 27- 39 .692 5- 10 .500 22- 25 .880 8/1.1 81/11.6 27 1 9
Bolton-Holifield 8/1 28- 54 .519 14- 27 .519 4- 5 .800 25/3.1 74/9.3 6 0 3
Swoopes 8/2 29- 52 .558 7- 11 .636 8- 12 .667 28/3.5 73/9.1 7 4 7
Lloyd 8/6 21- 46 .457 8- 25 .320 16- 19 .842 24/3.0 66/8.3 12 0 3
McGhee 8/1 17- 37 .459 0- 0 .000 8- 12 .667 35/4.4 42/5.3 2 0 4
Azzi 8/8 15- 29 .517 6- 14 .429 3- 4 .750 3/0.4 39/4.9 16 1 0
Wolters 4/0 12- 20 .600 0- 0 .000 6- 7 .857 11/2.8 30/7.5 1 4 0
Head 7/0 8- 15 .533 0- 4 .000 7- 8 .875 22/3.1 23/3.3 15 0 2
USA 8 295-530 .557 51-113 .451 152-190 .800 329/41.1 793/99.1 134 22 45
OPP. 8 237-522 .454 31- 88 .352 113-150 .753 185/23.1 618/77.3 100 16 47

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