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Flashback: USA Tears Past Czechoslovakia 111-55 in 1992 Olympic Opener

  • Date:
    Jul 30, 1992

Opening the 1992 Summer Olympic Games basketball competition against Czechoslovakia, the U.S. women’s performance was impressive as the Americans stormed to a 111-55 victory on July 30.

The 111 points scored by the U.S., and its 56-point margin of victory, were both USA Olympic women’s records.

Leading early 14-10 and 21-16, the U.S., behind five points each from Cynthia Cooper and Clarissa Davis, went on an 18-6 scoring run to take control 39-22. By halftime, the USA’s lead had reached 20, 53-33.

The second half was all USA as the U.S. tucked away the impressive 111-55 victory.

All 11 healthy USA players scored, including seven who finished in double digits, led by 18 points from Cooper. Also hitting double digits were Teresa Edwards, who notched 16 points and was credited with five assists; Davis scored 16 points; Medina Dixon had 13, Tammy Jackson chipped in 12; and Katrina McClain and Suzie McConnell added 11 points apiece.

“Defense was a big key for us, especially the way we kicked it out and got running,” said USA head coach Theresa Grentz. “Overall I thought we played hard and I think the difference was our ability to guard.

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