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1990 USA Women's World Championship Team

ELEVENTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP -- 1990

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia • July 12-22, 1990


The United States, under the direction of head coach Theresa Grentz, continued its domination of women's international basketball by earning the 1990 World Championship title with a perfect 8-0 record. Five former Olympians were among the USA's 12-player roster.


1990 USA RESULTS (8-0)
USA 106 Senegal 36
USA 87 South Korea 55
USA 86 Czechoslovakia 59
FINAL ROUND
USA 87 Cuba 78
USA 95 Canada 70
USA 93 Bulgaria 72
USA 87 Czechoslovakia 59
USA 88 Yugoslavia 78

1990 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL STANDINGS

1. USA (8-0) 9. China (5-3)
2. Yugoslavia (7-1) 10. Brazil (5-3)
3. Cuba (5-3) 11. South Korea (5-3)
4. Czechoslovakia (4-4) 12. Japan (2-6)
5. Soviet Union (6-2) 13. Italy (5-3)
6. Australia (3-5) 14. Senegal (2-6)
7. Canada (3-5) 15. Zaire (1-7)
8. Bulgaria (3-5) 16. Malaysia (0-8)

The U.S. women opened the World Championship facing Senegal and romped to a lopsided 106-36 victory. South Korea fell next to the powerful American squad, 87-55, and the U.S. finished off its pool play 3-0 after posting a strong 86-59 win over Czechoslovakia.

Facing a strong and talented squad from Cuba, which only weeks earlier had defeated the USA women twice in a pair of exhibition games in Cuba, the U.S., behind veteran Teresa Edwards' play, managed to overcome a first-half deficit and post an 87-78 win. Trailing 47-45 at half, the USA women rallied behind relentless full-court pressure that was led by Edwards and 30-year-old veteran Lynette Woodard. The U.S. pressure limited Cuba to just 43.2 percent shooting from the floor and the U.S. was credited with 17 steals, while Edwards and Woodard led the way with five and four steals, respectively. Edwards connected on four of five three-pointers and finished with 32 points.

Against Canada one day later, the U.S. again trailed at the half and again stormed back in the second half for the win. Trailing at intermission 42-41, Edwards, who finished the game with 32 points again, went to work in the later 20 minutes to help lead the American women to the 95-70 victory over Canada. Looking to advance to the semifinals with an unblemished record, the U.S. easily disposed of Bulgaria, 93-72. In the win, Jennifer Azzi sank three of four three-point tries and scored a team leading 13 points, while Edwards and Katrina McClain each tossed in 12 points in the win.

Facing Czechoslovakia for the second time in seven days, the outcome was almost exactly the same. Playing this time for the right to go on to the gold medal game, the American women, who had recorded an 86-59 win in the first meeting, this time around earned an 87-59 victory as Edwards and McClain accounted for 23 and 16 points each.

The USA then clinched its second consecutive World Championship gold medal after recording an 88-78 win over Yugoslavia. McClain paced the U.S. offensive attack, recording 23 points while grabbing nine rebounds. Edwards added 17 points and Cynthia Cooper tossed in 13 points in the win.

1990 USA WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM ROSTER

NAME POS HGT WGT AGE SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Jennifer Azzi G 5-8 140 21 Stanford Oak Ridge, TN
Vicky Bullett F 6-3 180 22 Maryland Martinsburg, WV
Cynthia Cooper F 5-10 150 25 Southern California San Antonio, TX
Medina Dixon F 6-3 165 27 Old Dominion Norfolk, VA
Teresa Edwards F 5-11 155 25 Georgia Cairo, GA
Vicki Hall F 6-1 165 20 Texas Indianapolis, IN
Sonja Henning G 5-7 135 20 Stanford Keosha, WI
Tammy Jackson F 6-3 187 27 Florida Gainesville, FL
Carolyn Jones G 5-8 130 20 Auburn Laurel, MS
Katrina McClain F 6-2 175 24 Georgia Charleston, SC
Vickie Orr F 6-3 174 23 Auburn Decatur, AL
Lynette Woodard F 6-0 152 30 Kansas Wichita, KS
HEAD COACH: Theresa Grentz , Rutgers University (NJ)
ASSISTANT COACH: Lin Dunn, Purdue University (IN)
ASSISTANT COACH: Jim Foster, St. Joseph's University (PA)
ADMIN. ASSISTANT: Linda Hargrove, Wichita State University (KS)
TEAM PHYSICIAN: Tim Taft, Chapel Hill, NC
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Kathy Osborne, Louisiana State University

1990 USA WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G FGM-A PCT 3PM-A PCT FTM-A PCT REB PTS AT BK ST
Edwards 8 65-122 .533 15- 28 .536 30- 41 .732 11/1.4 175/21.9 24 6 23
McClain 8 43- 84 .512 0- 0 .000 24- 32 .750 60/7.5 110/13.8 6 11 9
Bullett 8 35- 51 .686 0- 0 .000 6- 8 .750 25/3.1 76/9.5 3 4 6
Dixon 8 27- 45 .600 0- 0 .000 12- 15 .800 21/2.6 66/8.3 15 1 10
Cooper 8 26- 42 .619 0- 4 .000 12- 20 .600 5/0.6 64/8.0 6 0 9
Orr 8 24- 35 .686 0- 0 .000 15- 22 .682 30/3.8 63/7.9 3 9 4
Woodard 8 12- 33 .364 0- 0 .000 26- 34 .765 18/2.3 50/6.3 6 0 15
Jackson 8 14- 31 .452 0- 0 .000 18- 26 .692 25/3.1 46/5.8 5 2 10
Azzi 8 14- 31 .452 5- 18 .278 4- 5 .800 4/0.5 37/4.6 15 0 7
Jones 8 8- 25 .320 3- 9 .333 3- 5 .600 4/0.5 22/2.8 3 0 3
Henning 7 6- 16 .375 2- 6 .333 0- 3 .000 5/0.7 14/2.0 3 6 3
Hall 6 2- 17 .118 0- 3 .000 2- 5 .400 2/0.3 6/1.0 3 0 3
USA 8 276-532 .519 25- 68 .368 152-216 .704 210/26.3 729/91.1 92 39 102
OPP. 8 199-506 .393 31- 97 .320 78-113 .690 148/18.5 507/63.4 74 12 61

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