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1983 USA Women's World Championship Team

NINTH PAN AMERICAN GAMES -- 1983

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

Caracas, Venezuela • August 14-27, 1983


The 1983 United States team viewed the Pan American Games as an opportunity to return the U.S. to the top of women's basketball. Falling to Cuba in the gold medal game in 1979, the USA was searching for its first Pan Am gold medal since 1975.


1983 USA RESULTS (5-0)
USA 107 Brazil 92
USA 87 Canada 79
USA 100 Cuba 82
USA 113 Venezuela 33
USA 112 Puerto Rico 65

1983 PAN AM GAMES FINAL STANDINGS

1. USA (5-0) 4. Canada (2-3)
2. Cuba (4-1) 5. Venezuela (1-4)
3. Brazil (3-2) 6. Puerto Rico (0-5)

The 1983 USA team consisted of the same players who had represented the USA and finished second at the 1983 World Championship (July 24 - August 6) in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Only the coaching staff changed as Fran Garmon of Texas Christian University served as the USA's Pan American Games head coach, and Kay Yow was Garmon's assistant coach. The 1983 U.S. squad had a strong nucleus of experienced players. Among them were future Olympians, Denise Curry (1984 and 1980), Anne Donovan (1988, 1984, 1980), Janice Lawrence (1984), Pam McGee (1984), Cheryl Miller (1984), Kim Mulkey (1984), Cindy Noble (1984) and Lynette Woodard (1984 and 1980).

The U.S. squad had an unexpected rest period before beginning the competition when the USA's first two scheduled opponents (Peru and Colombia) withdrew from the competition at the last minute. Finally opening against eventual bronze medalist Brazil, the U.S., behind 24 points from Miller, 22 points from Lawrence and 18 points from Woodard, scored a decisive 107-92 win. In the USA's closest game of the competition, Woodard's 22 points helped lift the U.S. to an 87-79 win over Canada. Four years after suffering a 91-86 loss to Cuba in the '79 Pan Am gold medal game, the U.S. had its chance for revenge. Behind Miller's 18 first-half points, the U.S. built a 43-38 lead at half. Leading 52-49, the U.S. put the game away with 12 straight points as the U.S. went on to record a 100-82 victory. Miller finished the day with 30 points, while Woodard added 19 in the win.

Venezuela was no match for the U.S. team as it stormed its way to a 113-33 victory with Lisa Ingram leading the U.S. attack with 23 points. Facing Puerto Rico and in need of a win if the USA was to capture the gold, seven Americans scored in double digits as the U.S. recorded a convincing 112-65 victory. The USA offensive attack was led by Woodard who finished with 20 points, while Miller added 18 points, Lawrence had 17 and Curry tossed in 16 additional points.

Miller finished as the USA's leading scorer with a 19.8 ppg. average, while Woodard added 19.0 ppg., and Lawrence accounted for 15.8 ppg. and was the USA's top rebounder averaging 5.0 rpg. The USA team proved throughout the tournament that it was strong at both ends of the floor. Offensively, the squad for the first time ever finished averaging over 100 points a game. Scoring 100 points or more in four of its five games, the 1983 U.S. team averaged 103.8 ppg., and won its five games by an average of 33.6 points a game.

1983 USA WOMEN'S PAN AMERICAN GAMES TEAM ROSTER

NAME POS HGT WGT AGE SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Cheryl Cook G 5-9 132 20 Cincinnati Indianapolis, IN
Denise Curry F 6-1 162 23 UCLA Davis, CA
Anne Donovan C 6-8 178 21 Old Dominion Ridgewood, NJ
Patty Jo Hedges G 5-8 130 22 Kentucky Louisville, KY
Lisa Ingram C 6-2 185 19 Northeast Louisiana Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Janice Lawrence C 6-3 160 21 Louisiana Tech Lucedale, MS
Pam McGee C 6-3 170 20 Southern California Flint, MI
Cheryl Miller F 6-3 150 19 Southern California Riverside, CA
Kim Mulkey G 5-4 125 21 Louisiana Tech Tickfaw, LA
Cindy Noble C 6-5 165 24 Tennessee Knoxville, TN
LaTaunya Pollard F 5-10 135 23 Long Beach State East Chicago, IN
Lynette Woodard G 5-11 155 24 Kansas Wichita, KS
HEAD COACH: Fran Garmon, Texas Christian University
ASSISTANT COACH: Kay Yow, North Carolina State University
MANAGER: Phyllis Holmes, Greenville College (IL)
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Mary Claire-McIntyre, Archdiocese of Philadelphia (PA)

1983 USA WOMEN'S PAN AMERICAN GAMES TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G FGM-FGA PCT FTM-FTA PCT REB/AVG PTS/AVG
Miller 5 38- 55 .691 23- 31 .742 18/ 3.6 99/ 19.8
Woodard 5 42- 68 .618 11- 14 .786 20/ 4.0 95/ 19.0
Lawrence 5 30- 43 .698 19- 28 .679 25/ 5.0 79/ 15.8
Ingram 2 8- 17 .471 7- 10 .700 6/ 3.0 23/ 11.5
Curry 5 24- 42 .571 8- 11 .727 18/ 3.6 56/ 11.2
Donovan 3 11- 18 .611 11- 14 .786 10/ 3.3 33/ 11.0
Noble 5 12- 20 .600 20- 29 .690 19/ 3.8 44/ 8.8
Cook 5 17- 36 .472 2- 2 1.000 3/ 0.6 36/ 7.2
Hedges 5 9- 22 .409 7- 9 .778 4/ 0.8 25/ 5.0
McGee 5 5- 14 .357 7- 11 .636 12/ 2.4 17/ 3.4
Mulkey 5 5- 11 .455 2- 5 .400 2/ 0.4 12/ 2.4
Pollard DNP -- Injured
USA 5 201-346 .581 117-164 .713 137/ 27.4 519/103.8
OPP. 5 123-295 .417 105-148 .709 90/ 18.0 351/ 70.2

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