USA WOMEN'S SPARTAKIADE TEAM -- 1979

USA WOMEN'S SPARTAKIADE TEAM -- 1979

Vilnius, Soviet Union - July 21-August 5, 1979


With the idea of evaluating players under consideration for the 1980 USA Olympic Team, the United States accepted an inviatation to take part in the 1979 Spartakiade competition, which was promoted as the 'Dress Rehersal for the 1980 Olympic Games.'

1979 USA Women
1979 USA Spartakiade Team


1979 USA RESULTS (3-3)
Ukraine 89 USA 82
USA 93 Leningrad 90
Latvia 109 USA 87
Russia 118 USA 88
USA 86 France 51
USA 64 Czechoslovakia 59

1979 SPARTAKIADE FINAL STANDINGS

1. Latvia (6-0
2. Lithuania
7. United States

Held every four years since 1956, Spartakiade was an international, multi-sport event hosted by the Soviet Union and its neighboring satellite countries. Usually Spartakiade competitors were limited to Soviet states, but with a need for test events before hosting the Olympics, the USSR invited athletes from beyond the iron curtin to participate as well.

While the majority of Spartakiade events took place in Moscow, basketball competition was held in Vilnius, Soviet Union. The USA squad was coached by Drake University mentor Carole Baumgarten and featured 1976 Olympian Ann Meyers as well as future 1980 and 1984 Olympians Denise Curry, Cindy Noble and Lynette Woodard, along with the 1980 team's Tara Heiss.

Facing an extremely competitive tournament field, the USA opened Spartakiade on the short end of an 89-82 decision with Ukraine. Regrouping after the loss the U.S. pulled out a narrow 93-90 win over Leningrad. Falling in its next game against eventual gold medalist Latvia, 109-87, the loss dropped the USA to the consolation bracket and out of medal contention.

Russia's offense was unstoppable and the USA continigent was drubbed 118-87. Standing 1-3, the USA bounced back and finished the tournament with back-to-back wins as the Americans upended France 86-51 and Czechoslovakia 64-59. Its late tournament surge provided the United States' with an even 3-3 record and a seventh-place finish within the 12-team field.

Led by 24 points from future Hall of Famer and USSR Olympian 7-2 Ulyana Semyonova, Lativa claimed the gold medal by defeating Lithuania 53-49.

1979 USA Women's Spartakiade Cup Team Roster

NAME

POS

HGT

WGT

AGE

SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Kathy Anderson

G

5-9

135

20

Central Missouri State Sedalia, MO
Denise Curry

F

6-1

162

19

UCLA Davis, CA
Carol Chason

G

5-7

127

21

Valdosta State Col. Bainbridge, GA
Tina Gunn

F/C

6-5

182

21

Brigham Young Huntington Beach, CA
Tara Heiss

G

5-6

132

22

Maryland Bethesda, MD
Ann Meyers

G

5-8

135

24

UCLA La Habra, CA
Cindy Noble

C

6-4

165

20

Tennessee Clarksburgh, OH
Jackie Swaim

C

6-1

168

21

Texas Jacksonville, TX
Jan Trombly

F

6-0

155

22

Old Dominion Chazy, NY
Angela Turner

F

5-8

133

18

Louisiana Tech Saline, LA
Heidi Wayment

C

6-3

170

23

Biola Col. Modesto, CA
Lynette Woodard

G

6-0

155

19

Kansas Wichita, KS

HEAD COACH: Carole Baumgarten, Drake University (IA)

ASSISTANT COACH: Phyllis Holmes, Greenville College (IL)
MANAGER: Lea Plarski, St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley (MO)
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Karen Miller, California Poly State University
CHIEF OF MISSION: Theo Heap, Mesa Community College (AZ)

1979 USA Women's Spartakiade Cumulative Statistics

NAME G

FGM-FGA

PCT

FTM-FTA

PCT

REB/AVG

PTS/AVG

AT

Denise Curry
70-138
.507
25- 31
.806
41/
165/
5
Lynette Woodard
20- 57
.351
17- 19
.895
22/
57/
7
Jackie Swaim
19- 61
.312
15- 23
.652
19/
53/
3
Jan Trombly
19- 42
.452
11- 13
.846
20/
49/
6
Angela Turner
21- 45
.467
4- 5
.800
6/
45/
3
Ann Meyers
13- 42
.310
5- 7
.714
13/
32/
10
Tara Heiss
10- 29
.345
10- 12
.833
3/
30/
13
Cindy Noble
8- 17
.471
4- 14
.286
12/
20/
3
Heidi Wayment
6- 17
.353
7- 12
.583
19/
19/
2
Carol Chason
6- 9
.667
5- 6
.833
5/
17/
2
Tina Gunn
3- 7
.423
5- 6
.833
7/
11/
1
Kathy Anderson
1- 3
.333
0- 0
.000
1/
2/
0
USA TOTALS 6
196-477
.411
108-150
.720
168/28.0
500/83.3
55
OPP. TOTALS 6
209-426
.484
98-141
.695
 
516/86.0