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1975 USA Women's Pan American Games Team


  • 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


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.

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


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

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