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1973 USA Women's World University Games Team

EIGHTH WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES -- 1973

  • Date:
    Feb 20, 2014

Moscow, Soviet Union August 15-25, 1973


The 1973 World University Games were of historic significance because for the first time the USA women competed in basketball. The USA team, coached by Jill Upton of Mississippi College for Women, showed it would be a country to contend with in future World University Games basketball competitions, as the U.S. finished 5-3 and in possession of the silver medal.

1973 USA RESULTS (5-3)
USSR 92 USA 43
USA 54 France 43
USA 52 Mexico 47
*USSR 92 USA 43
USA 57 Bulgaria 50
USA 54 Romania 47
USA 59 Cuba 55
USSR 82 USA 44

1973 WORLD UNIV. GAMES FINAL STANDINGS

1. Soviet Union (8-0) 9. Czechoslovakia (6-2)
2. United States (5-3) 10. Canada (5-3)
3. South Korea (5-3) 11. Yugoslavia (4-4)
4. Cuba (6-2) 12. France (3-5)
5. Bulgaria (4-4) 13. Mexico (3-5)
6. Romania (8-5) 14. Denmark (2-6)
7. Hungary (5-3) 15. Lebanon (1-7)
8. Poland (3-5) 16. Iran (0-8)
*Results from preliminary carried over into the finals qualifying round.

The Americans had their work cut out right from the start. While Moscow was host to the 1973 Games, the USA was placed in the same Preliminary Round group as the powerful Soviet Union.

Opening against women's basketball world power Soviet Union, the U.S. suffered a lopsided 92-43 defeat. In need of wins in its final two preliminary games if it was to advance to the medal round, the U.S. regrouped to capture a 54-43 win over France, then closed out its preliminary pool play with a 2-1 record after slipping past a determined Mexico 52-47.

Moving on to the medal qualification round, the U.S. started in the hole as its first-round loss to the Soviets carried over, leaving the USA team with no room for another loss if a medal was to be earned.

The U.S. responded strongly, defeating Bulgaria 57-50, then downed Romania, 54-47, to advance on to the medal final round.

Entering the semifinals with a 4-2 mark, the U.S. locked horns with a 6-0 Cuba team to see who would advance to the gold medal game. The two squads battled evenly in the semifinal contest and in the end it was the U.S. who had persevered to record a narrow 59-55 victory.

Meeting an undefeated 7-0 USSR squad in the gold medal game, the Soviets again proved to be too much as the U.S. suffered an 82-44 loss. South Korea claimed the bronze medal after bettering Cuba 48-45.

1973 USA WOMEN'S WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES ROSTER
NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Janice Beach
G
5-6
130
20
Wayland Baptist Coll. Altus, OK
Juliene Simpson (neé Brazinski)
G
5-6
175
20
John F. Kennedy Coll. Roselle Park, NJ
Phyllis Cupp
C
6-1
160
 
Western Michigan Mendon, MI
Nancy Dunkle
G
6-2
155
21
Ca State- Fullerton La Habra, CA
Dorothy Easterwood
F
5-9
130
 
Mississippi Coll.-Women Starksville, MS
Pat Head
F
5-10
145
21
Tennessee-Martin Seymour, TN
Marcia Mann
F
6-1
175
 
North Carolina Dunn, NC
Brenda Moeller
C
5-10
150
 
Wayland Baptist Coll. Indianola, IA
Cherri Rapp
F
5-11
140
23
Wayland Baptist Coll. Estelline, TX
Theresa Shank
C
6-1
145
21
Immaculata Coll. Springfield, PA
Marilyn Smith
G
5-8
135
 
Parsons Coll.
Barbara Wischmeier
C
6-3
160
 
John F. Kennedy Coll.
HEAD COACH: Jill Upton, Mississippi College-Women
ASSISTANT COACH: Billie Jean Moore, California State University, Fullerton
MANAGER: Jeanne Rowlands, Northeastern University (MA)
CAPTAIN: Cherri Rapp

1973 USA WOMEN'S WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G FGM-FGA PCT FTM-FTA PCT PTS/AVG
USA TOTALS 7 363/ 51.9
OPP. TOTALS 7 336/ 48.0

NOTE: Although the USA was credited with a final 5-3 record, the team actually played only seven games. The USA's preliminary round 92-43 loss to the Soviet Union was also counted in the final qualifying round standings.

NOTE: 1973 USA Women's World University Games individual cumulative statistics are not available

 

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