1998 WOMEN'S R. WILLIAM JONES CUP

1998 WOMEN'S R. WILLIAM JONES CUP

Taipei, Taiwan - August 23-27, 1998


Guided by USA Basketball Women's National Team head coach Nell Fortner, the 1998 USA Women's R. William Jones Cup Team, behind a balanced offensive effort and a stifling defense, claimed the gold medal and finished with a perfect 5-0 record.

1998 Women
1998 USA Women's R. William Jones Cup Team


1998 USA RESULTS (5-0)
USA 62 ROC-National 55
USA 75 South Korea 48
USA 68 Japan 26
USA 67 Thailand 40
USA 55 Senegal 28

1998 R. WILLIAM JONES CUP FINAL STANDINGS

1. United States (5-0)
2. Republic of China - Nat. Team (4-1)
3. Japan (2-3)
4. Senegal (2-3)
5. Thailand (1-4)
6. South Korea (1-4)

The '98 squad overpowered opponents by an average of 26 points a game, and also dominated on the glass, averaging 36.6 rpg., nearly doubling its opponents' 18.8 rpg.

Leading the USA was 5-10 guard Semeka Randall who finished as the only U.S. scorer to average in double digits with 10.6 ppg. The USA was further aided by 6-2 center Tamika Whitmore, 9.8 ppg. and 6.2 rpg., 6-2 forward Lynn Pride, 9.0 ppg. and 7.0 rpg., and 6-1 forward Tamika Catchings, 6.4 ppg.

The U.S. opened with a 62-55 win over eventual silver medalist Republic of China behind a double-double effort of 15 points and 16 rebounds from Pride. After owning a 35-30 halftime lead, the Americans jumped to its largest lead of the game 58-43 with 7:01 to play. Although the Republic of China outscored the U.S. 12-4 to close out the contest, the Americans held on for its first win.

One day later, Randall scored eight of the USA's first 14 points, and finished with a game high 19, to lead the U.S. to a 75-48 victory over South Korea.

Behind a balanced scoring effort that saw all 12 USA players score, the USA routed previously undefeated Japan 68-26. By halftime, the United States had built a 40-16 lead and remained in complete control in the second half for its third victory. The balanced offensive effort was paced by 6-6 center Summer Erb and Whitmore who accounted for nine points each, while Whitmore also recorded a game high 12 rebounds.

Behind another balanced USA scoring attack that featured 14 points from 6-3 center Angie Braziel, the United States easily defeated Thailand 67-40. Taking it to Thailand right from the opening tip, the U.S. took a commanding 40-16 lead to the locker room at halftime. The gap was insurmountable for Thailand and the U.S. went on to earn its fourth straight win.

The USA earned a lopsided 55-28 victory over Senegal in the its final Jones Cup game to remain undefeated and to reclaim the gold medal. The U.S. jetted out to a 14-0 lead and at halftime the score stood at a lopsided 29-10. Senegal cut the USA lead to 13 points, 37-24, with 9:20 to play, but the United States closed out the contest with an 18-4 offensive run to earn the 55-28 victory and the gold medal. The U.S. was aided in the win by 5-11 forward Peppi Browne with nine points, Erb added eight and Randall finished with seven points.

 

1998 USA Women's R. William Jones Cup Roster

NAME POS HGT WGT AGE SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Angie Braziel C 6-3 168 21 Texas Tech Odessa, TX
Edwina Brown F 5-10 165 20 Texas Lockhart, TX
Peppi Browne F 5-11 161 19 Duke Silver Spring, MD
Erin Buescher G 6-3 175 19 UC-Santa Barbara Rohnert Park, CA
Tamika Catchings F 6-1 170 19 Tennessee Duncanville, TX
Summer Erb C 6-6 242 21 North Carolina State Georgetown, KY
Erica Gomez G 5-8 130 21 UCLA Keyport, NJ
Becky Hammon G 5-6 138 21 Colorado State Rapid City, SD
Lynn Pride F 6-2 178 20 Kansas Dallas, TX
Semeka Randall G 5-10 160 19 Tennessee Cleveland, OH
Tamika Whitmore C 6-2 172 22 Memphis Tupelo, MS
Chanel Wright F 6-0 155 20 North Carolina Baltimore, MD
HEAD COACH: Nell Fortner, USA Basketball
ASSISTANT COACH: Angie Lee, University of Iowa
ASSISTANT COACH: Trina Patterson, College of William and Mary (VA)
TEAM PHYSICIAN: Aurelia Nattiv, UCLA
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Jill Collins, Kansas City, Missouri

1998 USA Women's R. William Jones Cup Statistics

NAME G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AT
BK
ST
Randall 5/5
23- 43
.535
1- 1
1.000
6- 9
.667
11/ 2.2
53/ 10.6
9
1
6
Whitmore 5/5
21- 32
.656
0- 0
.---
7- 10
.700
31/ 6.2
49/ 9.8
3
2
3
Pride 5/5
18- 40
.450
1- 3
.333
8- 10
.800
35/ 7.0
45/ 9.0
7
4
11
Catchings 5/5
12- 30
.400
2- 8
.250
6- 9
.667
19/ 3.8
32/ 6.4
9
7
9
Brown 5/5
12- 25
.480
1- 4
.250
4- 4
1.000
15/ 3.0
29/ 5.8
12
0
6
Braziel 5/0
11- 20
.550
0- 0
.---
5- 6
.833
13/ 2.6
27/ 5.4
7
4
4
Wright 5/0
8- 20
.400
2- 8
.250
5- 8
.625
18/ 3.6
23/ 4.6
3
1
4
Erb 5/0
9- 13
.692
0- 0
.---
5- 8
.625
6/ 1.2
23/ 4.6
2
1
3
Browne 5/0
8- 15
.533
1- 2
.500
3- 4
.750
17/ 3.4
20/ 4.0
3
2
3
Hammon 5/0
6- 13
.462
4- 9
.444
2- 2
1.000
5/ 1.0
18/ 3.6
4
1
2
Buescher 5/0
3- 7
.429
0- 0
.---
0- 1
.000
7/ 1.4
6/ 1.2
4
1
2
Gomez 5/0
1- 6
.167
0- 2
.000
0- 0
.---
6/ 1.2
2/ 0.4
7
0
3
USA 5
132-264
.500
12- 37
.324
51- 71
.718
183/ 36.6
327/ 65.4
70
24
56
OPP. 5
75-236
.318
20- 70
.286
27- 51
.529
94/ 18.8
197/ 39.4
42
6
32