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1988 U.S. Olympic Women

Facts & Photos: 1988 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team

  • Date:
    Jul 31, 2020

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were to be held July 24-Aug. 9, 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic postponed the Summer Games to 2021. USA Basketball is celebrating the original dates of the 2020 Olympics with a look back at past U.S. Olympic men’s and women’s basketball teams through photos and fun facts. Be sure to check in daily for Olympic memories galore!

On this day in USA Basketball Olympic History: July 31

With the 1988 Olympics taking place in Seoul, South Korea, the U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team had t-shirts that said, 'Sole Goal - Seoul Gold.'

 1988 U.S. Olympic Women

The USA’s 101-74 win over Yugoslavia in its second game marked the first time a U.S. women’s basketball team had scored 100 points in Olympic play.

1988 U.S. Olympic Women

In a much-anticipated matchup, the U.S. women topped the Soviet Union for the first time in Olympic action with a 102-88 win in its fourth game. While the USA defeated the Soviets in the 1986 FIBA World Cup, the USA’s 1988 Olympic gold medal underscored the fact that the USA had become the country to beat in women’s basketball.

1988 U.S. Olympic Women

Anne Donovan was named to her third Olympic roster as an athlete in 1988. She also suited up for the U.S. in the 1984 Olympics and was named to the 1980 team that did not take part in the Olympics. She went on to help the USA to Olympic gold as an assistant in 2004 and the head coach in 2008.

1988 U.S. Olympic Women's Podium

1988 was a second Olympic Games for Teresa Edwards, who also played in the 1984 Olympics and would go on to become a five-time Olympic medalist after also earning her spot on the 1992, 1996 and 2000 U.S. Olympic rosters.

 1988 U.S. Olympic Women Opening Ceremony
Teresa Edwards (bottom left) and her U.S. teammates on their way to the 1988 U.S. Olympic Opening Ceremony.

  Katrina McClain played in her first of three Olympics in 1988, she returned to Olympic rosters in 1992 and 1996. In 1988, she averaged a U.S. Olympic record 10.8 rebounds per game.

Katrina McClain

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