menu close twitter facebook snapchat instagram youtube article basketball gallery graph left-arrow right-arrow search star trophy video net clipboard shield-check shield-star stopwatch filter reset Share
1975 USA Women's Pan American Games Team

SEVENTH PAN AMERICAN GAMES -- 1975

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

Mexico City, Mexico • October 12-26, 1975


The 1975 Pan American Games were marked by three changes of location. Originally set to be held in Santiago, Chile, the site was switched to Sao Paulo, Brazil, after Chile withdrew its offer to host, then was moved to Mexico City, Mexico, just 10 months prior to the start of the competition. For the U.S. women, the change in sites mattered very little, they had their sights set on regaining the Pan Americangold.

1975 USA RESULTS (7-0)
USA 99 Mexico 65
USA 75 Canada 56
USA 116 El Salvador 28
USA 70 Cuba 64
USA 99 Dom. Republic 50
USA 74 Colombia 48
USA 74 Brazil 55

1975 PAN AM GAMES FINAL STANDINGS

1. USA (7-0) 5. Canada (3-4)
2. Mexico (6-1) 6. Colombia (2-5)
3. Cuba (5-2) 7. Dominican Rep. (1-6)
4. Brazil (4-3) 8. El Salvador (0-7)

Compiling an unblemished 7-0 record to capture top team honors at the 1975 Pan American Games, the USA gold medal victory ended a 12-year drought for the Americans. Finishing second in 1971 and 1967, the United States rolled to the gold in 1975 for its first gold medal in Pan American Games competition since 1963.

Featuring the same USA team that two months prior to the Pan American Games had finished 4-3 and in eighth place at the 1975 World Championship in Colombia, coach Cathy Rush of Immaculata College (PA) had her U.S. team in full gear for the Pan American Games.

Led by the dominating inside play of Delta State's 6'2' Lusia Harris, the '75 USA team featured both a high powered offense and a suffocating defense. Averaging 86.7 ppg. while allowing opponents just 52.3 ppg, the U.S. women were involved in only one contest that was decided by fewer than 19 points.

Opening against host Mexico, a team that had finished ahead of the U.S. in sixth at the '75 World Championship and a team that would go on to earn the Pan Am silver medal, the U.S. was impressive in a convincing 99-65 win.

The Americans followed that win with a dominating 75-56 victory over Canada, then thumped an over matched El Salvadore 116-28. In it's closest game of the tournament, the U.S. recorded a hard-fought 70-64 victory over eventual bronze medalist Cuba.

The Dominican Republic proved no match for the Americans as the U.S. sailed to a 99-50 win, and Colombia was easily handled 74-48.

Meeting Brazil, a team that had defeated the USA women in three consecutive Pan American Games confrontations and a team which had won the gold in 1971 and 1967, this time it was the Americans who came out on top, handing Brazil a convincing 74-55 loss. With the win, the U.S. captured the Pan Am gold medal ending 12 years of frustration for the U.S. women and marking the end of Brazil's dominance in the Pan American Games.

1975 USA WOMEN'S PAN AMERICAN GAMES TEAM ROSTER
NAME POS HGT WGT AGE SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Carolyn Bush F 6-2 145 23 Wayland Baptist Kingston, TN
Nancy Dunkle C 6-2 155 23 California State -Fullerton La Habra, CA
Rita Easterling C 6-5 134 20 Mississippi College for Women Morton, MS
Lusia Harris F 6-2 180 20 Delta State Minter City, MS
Pat Head F 5-10 155 23 Tennessee-Martin Seymour, TN
Charlotte Lewis C 6-3 155 20 Illinois State Peoria, IL
Nancy Lieberman F 5-10 140 17 Far Rockaway H.S. Far Rockaway, NJ
Ann Meyers G 5-9 135 20 UCLA La Habra, CA
Mary Ann O'Connor F 5-10 158 22 Southern Connecticut State Fairfield, CT
Cherri Rapp F 5-11 150 25 Wayland Baptist Estelline, TX
Sue Rojcewicz G 5-7 135 22 Southern Connecticut State Worcester, MA
Juliene Simpson G 5-6 156 22 John F. Kennedy Coll. Roselle Park, NJ
HEAD COACH: Cathy Rush, Immaculata College (PA)
ASSISTANT COACH: Billie Moore, Fullerton State University (CA)
MANAGER: Mildred Barnes, Warrensburg, MO

1975 USA WOMEN'S PAN AMERICAN GAMES TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G FGM-FGA PCT FTM-FTA PCT PTS/AVG
USA TOTALS 7 607/ 86.7
OPP. TOTALS 7 366/ 52.3

1975 USA Women's Pan American Games individual player cumulative statistics are not available

Related Content

1992 USA Men's Developmental Team

Tags

La Jolla, California  • June 22-26 , 1992 When USA Basketball began its planning for the 1992 U.S. Olympic men's team training, it decided that the squad's best interest would be served if it had a team to scrimmage during its initial June 22-26 training camp in La Jolla, Calif. In...

USAB placeholder Image

Tags

Atlanta, Georgia; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Lexington, Kentucky  •  April 5-9, 1978 Days after leading his University of Kentucky squad to the 1978 NCAA Championship, hall of fame mentor Joe B. Hall undertook the challenge of directing a USA National Team comprised of top...

2017 AmeriCup Team

Tags

Montevideo, Uruguay and Córdoba, Argentina • August 25-September 3, 2017 It had been 10 years since the United States last competed in its zone championship. While the format of the competition was different and the official name of the Americas Championship had been altered to the FIBA...

Las Vegas, Nevada and Panama City, Panama • September14-17, 2018 The USA opened the World Cup Qulifying second round with a pair of impressive victories, defeating Uruguay 114-57 in a home contest, then going on the road to defeat Panama 78-48. SEPT. 2018 USA RESULTS (2-0) USA 114 Uruguay 57...

Greensboro, North Carolina • February 22-25, 2019 Although the all-important 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifying spot had already been earned, first place for Group E in the FIBA Americas World Cup Qualifying came down to the final game in window six, and in fact it took a buzzer beater by the USA...

Coach Licensing & Organization Accreditation Login



Forgot Password?