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1979 USA Women's World University Games Team

TENTH WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES -- 1979

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

Mexico City, Mexico September 2-13, 1979


In 1979, USA head coach Fran Garmon of Delta State (MS) and her USA team journeyed to Mexico City, Mexico, looking to capture the USA women's first World University Games gold medal.

1979 USA RESULTS (7-0)
USA 132 Costa Rica 34
USA 92 Canada 78
USA 78 Mexico 52
USA 105 Cuba 74
USA 83 USSR 81
USA 68 Canada 60
USA 73 Cuba 60

1979 WORLD UNIV. GAMES FINAL STANDINGS

1. United States
(7-0)
5. Soviet Union
(5-2)
2. Cuba (5-3) 6. Poland (5-2)
3. Canada (4-3) 7. Yugoslavia (2-5)
4. Bulgaria (5-3) 8. Mexico (1-6)

Finally, after consecutive silver medal finishes in 1977 and 1973, the Americans won the gold, and in the process defeated the Soviet Union women for the first time in a major international competition since 1957.

The Americans jumped on Costa Rica right from the start and sailed to a 132-34 win as Lynette Woodard scored 27 points. Facing a strong Canadian team that had earlier defeated the U.S. squad at a pre-World University Games tournament, the U.S. women received a 24 point effort from Tara Heiss and 22 points from Carol Blazejowski en route to a 92-78 victory.

Host Mexico proved little concern for the U.S. as Woodard and Heiss each tossed in 18 points in the 78-52 win. Cuba loomed next for the Americans, and having suffered a 91-86 loss to the Cubans earlier that summer at the Pan American Games, the U.S. women wanted revenge. Behind the play of Blazejowski, the U.S. took command early, led comfortably 52-27 at half, and cruised from there to a 105-74 victory. Blazejowski finished with 28 points to lead the USA.

Playing its fifth game in as many days, the USA faced the Soviet Union in a 'must' game if the gold was to be realized. The U.S. trailed the Soviets 47-46 at half, but rallied in the second half to capture an 83-81 win. Five U.S. players scored in double figures, but it was 6'3' Heidi Wayment's offensive rebound and put-back with 44 seconds remaining that gave the U.S. an 81-79 lead. Heiss, who finished with a team high 20 points, added a pair of free throws with nine seconds remaining in the game to give the U.S. an 83-79 lead and ice the win.

A second game with Canada proved a difficult task for the weary U.S. squad. Trailing at half 40-31, the Americans outgunned the Canadians 37-20 in the second half and captured the 68-60 victory as Blazejowski scored 19 points.

Again facing Cuba, this time in the gold medal game, Heiss scored 16 first-half points to lead the U.S. to a 41-34 halftime advantage. When Heiss fell into foul trouble in the second half, Blazejowski and Woodard stepped forward and scored 11 second-half points each to help lead the U.S. to a 73-60 victory and its first World University Games gold medal.

The USA's offense was led by the trio of Blazejowski, 18.4 ppg., Heiss, 16.7 ppg., and Woodard, 12.7 ppg. The team averaged 90.1 ppg., while giving up only 62.0 ppg., and finished with a perfect 7-0 record.

Canada earned the bronze medal after beating Bulgaria 67-61.

1979 USA WOMEN'S WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES ROSTER
NAME
POS
HGT WGT AGE SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Genia Beasley
C
6-2 155 21 North Carolina State Benson, NC
Carol Blazejowski
F
5-10 150 22 Montclair State College Fairview, NJ
Carol Chason
G
5-7 127 21 Valdosta State College Bainbridge, GA
Debbie Groover
C
6-0 165 20 North Carolina State Canton, GA
Tara Heiss
G
5-6 132 22 Maryland Bethesda, MD
Debra Miller
F
5-11 153 19 Boston Manhattan, NY
Cindy Noble
C
5-11 153 20 Tennessee Clarksburg, OH
June Olkowski
F
6-0 165 18 St. Maria Goretti H.S. Philadelphia, PA
Ginger Rouse
F
5-11 148 19 North Carolina State Fairfax, VA
Angela Turner
G
5-8 135 19 Shady Grove H.S. Saline, LA
Heidi Wayment
C
6-3 170 23 Biola La Mirada, CA
Lynette Woodard
F
5-11 155 20 Kansas Wichita, KS
HEAD COACH: Frances Garmon, Delta State College (MS)
ASSISTANT COACH: Kay Yow, North Carolina State University
MANAGER: Lea Plarski, St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley (MO)
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Kim Green, University of Washington

1979 USA WOMEN'S WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G FGM-FGA PCT FTM-FTA PCT REB/AVG
PF
PTS/AVG
Carol Blazejowski 7 49- 31-
17
129/ 18.4
Tara Heiss 7 47- 23-
17
117/ 16.7
Lynette Woodard 7 42- 15-
16
99/ 14.1
Debbie Groover 7 22- 7-
13
51/ 7.3
Cindy Noble 7 15- 19-
19
49/ 7.0
Debra Miller 7 18- 8-
12
44/ 6.3
Angela Turner 6 14- 8-
5
36/ 6.0
Carol Chason 4 8- 3-
1
19/ 4.8
June Olkowski 7 13- 4-
10
30/ 4.3
Heidi Wayment 7 14- 2-
14
30/ 4.3
Genia Beasley 5 5- 5-
4
15/ 3.0
Ginger Rouse 4 6- 0-
5
12/ 3.0
USA TOTALS 7 253- 125-
133
631/ 90.1
OPP. TOTALS 7 159- 121-
153
439/ 62.7

 

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