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1971 USA Women's Pan American Games Team

SIXTH PAN AMERICAN GAMES -- 1971

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

Cali, Colombia • July 25 - August 8, 1971


The 1971 USA Pan American Games team traveled to Cali, Colombia, looking to regain the gold medal which had been lost to Brazil at the 1967 Pan American Games. However, an opening game loss to Brazil, the third straight U.S. loss to Brazil in Pan American Games competition, quickly dampened any USA chance for the gold.

1971 USA RESULTS (5-1)
Brazil 64 USA 60
USA 63 Cuba 62
USA 57 Mexico 54
USA 54 Canada 50
USA 54 Ecuador 35
USA 83 Colombia 49

1971 PAN AM GAMES FINAL STANDINGS

1. Brazil (5-1)* 5. Canada (3-3)
2. USA (5-1)* 6. Ecuador (1-5)
3. Cuba (4-2) 7. Colombia (0-6)
4. Mexico (3-3)
*Final standings determined by result between tied teams.

Head coach Harley Redin of the Wayland Baptist College (TX) Hutcherson Flying Queens put together his Pan American Games squad and in preparation for the Games took his team to a world tournament which preceded the Pan American Games. The nucleus of the 1971 team was seven of Coach Redin's players from his Wayland Baptist College / Hutcherson Flying Queens team.

The USA and Brazil were considered the teams to beat at the 1971 Pan American Games and fans didn't have long to wait for the USA-Brazil showdown. Meeting the opening day, the USA fell in a closely contested game, 64-60. The loss put the U.S. women behind the eight ball. With five games remaining, another U.S. loss would almost certainly mean no chance of obtaining the gold medal.

A much improved Cuban team stood in line next for the United States. Guard Linda Gamble led the Americans with 20 points, but it was Flying Queen teammate Janice Beach who came off the bench to sink a long shot with four seconds remaining to lift the USA to a 63-62 win. The U.S. slipped past Mexico 57-54, then closed out the tournament with a 54-35 win over Ecuador and a 83-49 victory over Colombia. As fate would have it, Brazil was upended by Canada 69-63, leaving Brazil and the U.S. tied with identical 5-1 records. But by virtue of Brazil's win over the USA, Brazil was awarded the gold medal and the U.S. the silver.

Cherri Rapp from Wayland Baptist and Lois Stuflick of Parsons College led the USA squad averaging 11.8 ppg. and 10.0 ppg., respectively.

1971 USA WOMEN'S PAN AMERICAN GAMES TEAM ROSTER

NAME POS HGT WGT AGE AFFILIATION/SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Janice Beach G 5-6 18 Hutcherson Queens (Wayland) Elmer, OK
Carol Bollinger G 5-7 22 Ouachita Baptist University Brookshire, TX
Susan Britton G 5-8 21 Hutcherson Queens (Wayland) Earth, TX
Carolyn Dornak G 5-7 Hutcherson Queens (Wayland) Jourdanton, TX
Linda Gamble G 5-7 22 Ouachita Baptist University Grand Cane, LA
Anita Palmer F 5-9 24 University of Wisconsin Green Bay, WI
Cherri Rapp F 5-11 21 Hutcherson Queens (Wayland) Estelline, TX
Becky Shaw F 5-10 19 Raytown Piperettes Barnsdale, OK
Marcia Shieldknight G 5-6 Hutcherson Queens (Wayland) Spearman, TX
Lois Stuflick F 5-9 21 Parsons College Altoona, IA
Sandy Van Cleave F 5-9 18 Parsons College Montezuma, IA
Mary Williams G 5-7 20 Hutcherson Queens (Wayland) Tulia, TX
HEAD COACH: Harley Redin, Wayland Baptist College Hutcherson Flying Queens (TX)
ASSISTANT COACH: Dean Weese, Spearman, TX
MANAGER: Margaret Downing, Southern State College (AR)
CO-CAPTAINS: Susan Britton, Linda Gamble

1971 USA WOMEN'S PAN AMERICAN GAMES TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G
FGM-FGA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
PTS/AVG
Cherri Rapp 6
31- 64
.484
9- 12
.750
71/ 11.8
Lois Stuflick 6
25- 59
.424
10- 18
.556
60/ 10.0
Linda Gamble 6
25- 55
.455
7- 8
.875
57/ 9.5
Carol Bollinger 5
19- 38
.500
5- 6
.833
43/ 8.6
Susan Britton 6
17- 40
.425
3- 4
.750
37/ 6.2
Janice Beach 6
14- 40
.350
8- 8
1.000
36/ 6.0
Becky Shaw 6
10- 29
.345
1- 4
.250
21/ 3.5
Marcia Shieldknight 6
7- 25
.280
2- 4
.500
16/ 2.7
Carolyn Dornak 5
4- 16
.250
3- 4
.750
11/ 2.2
Mary Williams 4
4- 10
.400
0- 4
.000
8/ 2.0
Sandy Van Cleave 5
4- 10
.400
1- 2
.500
9/ 1.8
Anita Palmer 2
0- 0
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2- 4
.500
2/ 1.0
USA TOTALS 6
160-386
.415
51- 78
.654
371/ 61.8
OPP. TOTALS 6
134-356
.376
46- 80
.575
314/ 52.3

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