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LADY VOLS IN THE OLYMPICS

Updated 06/09/08

1976 MONTREAL
Montreal, Canada, July 18- July 27, 1976:
Games of the XXI Olympiad

Womenís basketball reached new heights when the International Olympic Committee decided to add womenís basketball as a recognized Olympic sport. The U.S. dropped its opening game to Japan but came back to win three of the next four to earn a silver medal. The 1976 Tennessee representatives included 5-10 forward Cindy Brogdon of Buford, Ga.; 6-1 forward Patricia Roberts of Monroe, Ga.; and Lady Vol coach Pat Head of Ashland City, Tenn. After the game, Head retired from playing.

Player G FG-FGA PCT FT-FTA PCT REB-AVG PTS-AVG A
Brogdon 5 29-46 .630 18-28 .643 35-7.0 76-15.2 7
Roberts 5 23-44 .523 14-24 .583 19-3.8 60-12.0 10
Head 5 12-31 .387 1-2 .500 24-4.8 25-5.0 7
1980 MOSCOW
Moscow, Soviet Union, July 20- July 30, 1980:
Games of the XXII Olympiad

In protest of the Soviet Unionís invasion of Afghanistan, the U.S., along with several other countries, decided to boycott the 1980 Olympic games in Moscow. The U.S. still held the Olympic Trials and the selected athletes were known as the 1980 Olympians. The Olympians participated in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament and finished with a 6-1 record. UTís members included centers 6-5 Cindy Noble (Clarksburg, Ohio) and 6-3 Jill Rankin (Phillips, Texas), and 5-7 guard Holly Warlick (Knoxville, Tenn.). Tennesseeís head coach, Pat Head, was selected as an assistant coach for the 1980 Olympic squad.

Player G FG-FGA PCT FT-FTA PCT REB-AVG PTS-AVG A S
Noble 6 31-53 .585 21-27 .778 37-6.7 83-13.8 7 4
Rankin 6 11-19 .579 6-6 1.000 13-1.7 28-4.7 0 2
Warlick 6 3-8 .375 2-2 1.000 9-1.5 8-1.3 11 7
1984 LOS ANGELES
Los Angeles, California, USA, July 28- August 12, 1984:
Games of the XXIII Olympiad

The long-awaited United States and Soviet Union showdown would have to wait again as the Olympic Games were once again filled with politics. This time the U.S. competed and swept the competition, winning all six games including the gold medal game over South Korea. The 1984 Games marked the third consecutive time Pat Head Summitt was a member of Team USA; in 1976 as a player, in 1980 as an assistant coach, and in 1984 as the head coach. Summitt brought along 5-4 guard Lea Henry (Damascus, Ga.) and for the second time, Cindy Noble. Nancy Darsch, then the Lady Vol assistant coach, also made the trip serving as an assistant Olympic coach.

Player G FG-FGA PCT FT-FTA PCT REB-AVG PTS-AVG A S B
Noble 6 21-29 .724 10-16 .625 21-3.5 52-8.7 1 1 1
Henry 6 11-24 .458 3-4 .750 6-1.0 32-5.3 14 0 5
1988 SEOUL

Seoul, South Korea, September 19- September 29, 1988: Games of the XXIV Olympiad

The 1988 Olympic team picked up right where the 1984 team left off, sweeping their opponents in five games for the gold medal. This medal was made all the more satisfying with the revenge of the Soviet team finally complete. The Seoul Games also witnessed the first 100-point game in USA womenís Olympic basketball history. Tennessee added 6-0 forward Bridgette Gordon of DeLand, Florida, to the USA Olympic mix, and she made her presence felt chipping in 8.8 points per game.

Player G FG-FGA PCT 3FG-3PA PCT FT-FTA PCT REB-AVG PTS-AVG A S B
Gordon 5 20-35 .571 0-0 .000 4-8 .500 11/2.2 44/8.8 3 4 0
1992 BARCELONA
Barcelona, Spain, July 25- August 10, 1992:
Games of the XXV Olympiad

With hopes of winning their third consecutive gold medal, the 1992 version of the USA Olympic womenís basketball team made its way to Barcelona, Spain. Despite taking the first three games handily over Czechoslovakia, Spain, and China, the U.S. lost in the semifinals to the Unified Team. Team USA was unable to up the tempo, and found itself on the losing end of a 79-73 game. The women rebounded in the bronze medal game to upend Cuba, 88-74. Barcelona marked the sixth womenís Olympic basketball competition. Once again UT was there, as 6-3 center Daedra Charles (Detroit, Mich.) was the Lady Vol delegate to the squad in 1992.

Player G FG-FGA PCT 3FG-3PA PCT FT-FTA PCT REB-AVG PTS-AVG A S B
Charles 5 14-27 .519 0-0 .000 3-7 .429 13/2.6 31/6.2 4 4 1
1996 ATLANTA
Atlanta, Georgia, USA, July 21- August 4, 1996:
Games of the XXVI Olympiad

The USA womenís Olympic team probably came into the 1996 Olympic Games more prepared than any other year. The team warmed up with a 51- game tour that included 29 games versus international opponents. Team USA won all 51 games on the tour, including an 82-58 thrashing of the Lady Vols in Knoxville on Nov. 22, 1995. Back on home turf, Team USA wasted no time in Olympic competition, knocking off all eight competitors to bring the gold medal back home again with a championship win over Brazil, 111-87. Nikki McCray (Collierville, Tenn.) and Carla McGhee (Peoria, Ill.) represented Tennessee this time around.

Player G FG-FGA PCT 3FG-3PA PCT FT-FTA PCT REB-AVG PTS-AVG A S B
McCray 8 28-43 .651 1-3 .333 18-26 .692 28/3.5 75/9.4 9 4 0
McGhee 8 10-26 .385 0-0 .000 5-9 .556 14/1.8 25/3.1 2 2 0
2000 SYDNEY
Sydney, Australia, September 15-October 1, 2000:
Games of the XXVII Olympiad

Intent on defending the gold medal it won in 1996, the 2000 version of the USA Women's Olympic Basketball Team roared into Sydney fresh off another international tour of opponents. Team USA finished with a record of 38-2, with its only losses coming 64-55 to the Brazilian National Team in March and 65-64 to the Tennessee Lady Vols in November, 1999. Arriving at the Olympic Games on a nine-game winning streak, Team USA disposed of all eight competitiors it faced, including upstart Australia, 76-54, in the title game. As usual, Tennessee was represented well, as former Lady Vols Nikki McCray (Collierville, Tenn.) and Chamique Holdsclaw (Astoria, NY) donned the red white and blue.

Player G FG-FGA PCT 3FG-3PA PCT FT-FTA PCT REB-AVG PTS-AVG A S B
Holdsclaw Injured - did not play
McCray 8 16-20 .400 1-2 .500 8-10 .800 7/0.9 41/5.1 9 3 1
2004 ATHENS
Athens, Greece, August 13-August 29, 2004:
Games of the XXVIII Olympiad

Having claimed the gold medal in each of the previous two Olympiads, the USA Women's Olympic Basketball Team once again earned the distinction as the world's bed squad after compiling a perfect 8-0 record in Athens, Greece. Team USA had little trouble earning gold, as it defeated the opposition by an average margin of nearly 24 points per game. In the title tilt, Team USA disposed of a talented Australian club, 74-63, marking the second consecutive Olympic Games that the squads faced each other for gold. Representing Tennessee was former Lady Vol Tamika Catchings (Duncanville, Texas), who earned starting assignments in all eight games.

Player G FG-FGA PCT 3FG-3PA PCT FT-FTA PCT REB-AVG PTS-AVG A S B
Catchings 8 19-47 .404 2-8 .250 15-18 .833 43-5.4 55-6.9 3 22 4
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