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1981 USA Women's World University Games Team

ELEVENTH WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES -- 1981

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

Bucharest, Romania • July 15-29, 1981


With the USA's capturing of its first World University Games gold medal in two years prior, 1981 USA head coach Kay Yow and the rest of her American team traveled to Bucharest, Bulgaria, optimistic of making it two in a row. The U.S. team, however, would finish with the silver medal and a 6-1 record.

1981 USA RESULTS (6-1)
USA 68 Finland 49
USA 76 China 74
USA 75 Poland 63
USA 86 Czechoslovakia 67
USA 79 Canada 76
USA 75 Romania 64
USSR 98 USA 79

1981 WORLD UNIV. GAMES FINAL STANDINGS

1. Soviet Union (8-0) 5. Hungary (5-3)
2. United States (6-1) 6. Canada (5-3)
3. Romania (6-2) 7. Czechoslovakia (3-5)
4. China (4-4) 8. Yugoslavia (2-6)

The U.S.,began the 1981 Games with an easy 68-49 opening round win over Finland in a game that saw 5'10' LaTaunya Pollard score 24 points. Despite trailing 37-36 at halftime, the U.S. rallied to claim a 76-74 victory over China in a game that went down to the wire. UCLA 6'1' standout Denise Curry came to the aid of the U.S. squad, scoring 26 points, while Anne Donovan and Trudi Lacey added 15 and 12 points, respectively.

Behind 6'8', 1980 U.S. Olympian Donovan's 22 points and 18 more from Pollard, the U.S. defeated Poland 75-63 to improve its record to an unblemished 3-0. Next meeting Czechoslovakia, Curry exploded for 30 points and the United States outscored its opponents 44-27 in the second half to claim an impressive 86-67 victory.

Canada led the U.S. at half 39-38, and the two squads battled evenly for much of their game, but eventually the U.S. eked out 79-76 win, as Curry scored 22 and Pollard added 19 to aid the U.S. to the victory.

Facing host Romania and in need of a win to advance to the gold medal game, the U.S. led by a single point at the intermission, 34-33. Outscoring Romania 41-31 in the second stanza, the U.S. captured a 75-64 win and Carol Menken led the U.S. offense with 23 points.

Meeting the also undefeated Soviet Union women in the gold medal game, the Soviets took control early, led 55-39 at the half and sailed on to record the 98-79 victory and the gold. Pollard, Donovan and Curry paced the U.S. scoring attack with 13, 12 and 10 points, respectively.

The Americans were led in scoring by Curry's 18.3 ppg., while Pollard contributed 15.1 ppg., and Donovan added 11.4 ppg. and a team high 6.7 rpg. Curry finished the competition ranked as the Games' eighth leading scorer, while Pollard ranked 18th.

1981 USA WOMEN'S WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES ROSTER

 

NAME POS HGT WGT
AGE
SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Denise Curry F 6-1 167
23
UCLA Davis, CA
Anne Donovan C 6-8 168
21
Old Dominion Ridgewood, NJ
Sheila Foster F 6-1 170
21
South Carolina Spartanburg, SC
Corinne Gulas G 5-7 121
20
Penn State Indiana, PA
Lea Henry G 5-5 124
19
Tennessee Damascus, GA
Trudi Lacey F 5-10 140
22
North Carolina State Clifton Forge, VA
Carol Menken C 6-5 175
21
Oregon State Jefferson, OR
Mary Ostrowski F 6-2 165
19
Tennessee Parkersburg, WV
LaTaunya Pollard G 5-10 135
21
Long Beach State East Chicago, IL
Valerie Still F 6-1 158
19
Kentucky Kansas City, MO
Lisa Van Goor C 6-3 165
20
Colorado Yankton, SD
Valerie Walker F 6-1 155
20
Cheyney State Coll. Atlantic City, NJ
HEAD COACH: Kay Yow, North Carolina State University
ASSISTANT COACH: Lorene Ramsey, Illinois Central College
MANAGER: Phyllis Holmes, Greenville College (IL)
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Yvonne Thies, MacMurray College (IL)

1981 USA WOMEN'S WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G FGM-FGA PCT FTM-FTA PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
Denise Curry 7 57-102 .559 14-
8/ 1.1
128/ 18.3
LaTaunya Pollard 7 45-107 .421 16-
14/ 2.0
106/ 15.1
Anne Donovan 7 34- 62 .548 12-
47/ 6.7
80/ 11.4
Carol Menken 7 25- 57 .439 23-
28/ 4.0
73/ 10.4
Trudi Lacey 7 18- 37 .486 9-
39/ 5.6
45/ 6.4
Lea Henry 7 17- 39 .436 2-
8/ 1.1
36/ 5.1
Sheila Foster 7 8- 25 .320 9-
10/ 1.4
25/ 3.6
Valerie Walker 7 12- 29 .414 1-
11/ 1.6
25/ 3.6
Corinne Gulas 7 4- 11 .364 0-
9/ 1.3
8/ 1.1
Mary Ostrowski 7 2- 12 .167 3-
9/ 1.3
7/ 1.0
Valerie Still 7 2- 6 .333 1-
3/ 0.4
5/ 0.7
Lisa Van Goor 3 0- 3 .000 0-
3/ 1.0
0/ 0.0
USA TOTALS 7 224-490 .457 90-
189/ 27.0
538/ 76.9
OPP. TOTALS 7
 
491/ 70.1

 

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