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Basketball, Women

Date30 July – 7 August 1984
StatusOlympic
LocationThe Forum, Inglewood, California
Participants71 from 6 countries
FormatRound-robin pools and finals.

In 1983, the Soviet Union defeated the United States in the final of the World Championships, 84-82. Much of the USA team in 1983 would stay together to compete at the 1984 Olympics. They were led by the greatest ever women’s basketball coach, Pat Head (later Summitt), who had played on the USA team at the 1976 Olympics. With the Olympics in Los Angeles, it appeared that the United States might finally bring down the Soviet women’s team.

But the Soviet-led boycott, announced in early 1984, meant the two teams would not compete again for a second consecutive Olympiad. With the boycott, the field was again restricted to six teams – the USA, Korea, China, Canada, Australia, and Yugoslavia. The United States was led by Cheryl Miller, considered the greatest woman player to that time, and the sister of future NBA star, Reggie Miller. Nobody pressed the American team, which won the final over Korea, 85-55, its closest game in the tournament.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1United StatesUSAGold
Teresa EdwardsLea HenryLynette WoodardAnne DonovanCathy BoswellCheryl MillerJanice LawrenceCindy NobleKim MulkeyDenise CurryPamela McGeeCarol Menken-Schaudt
2Republic of KoreaKORSilver
Choi Ae-YeongKim Eun-SukLee Hyeong-SukChoi Gyeong-HuiLee Mi-JaMoon Gyeong-JaKim Hwa-SunJeong Myeong-HuiKim Yeong-HuiSeong Jeong-APark Chan-Suk
3People's Republic of ChinaCHNBronze
Chen YuefangLi XiaoqinBa YanSong XiaoboQiu ChenWang JunXiu LijuanZheng HaixiaCong XuediZhang HuiLiu QingZhang Yueqin
4CanadaCAN
Alison LangAndrea BlackwellAnna PendergastBev SmithCandi Clarkson-LohrCarol SealeyDebbie HubandLynn PolsonMisty ThomasSylvia SweeneyToni KordicTracie McAra
5AustraliaAUS
Bronwyn MarshallDonna QuinnJenny CheesmanJulie NykielKaren DaltonKathy FosterMarina MoffaTrish CockremPat MickanRobyn MaherSue GehWendy Laidlaw
6YugoslaviaYUG
Biljana MajstorovićCvetana DeklevaJasmina PerazićJelica KomnenovićMarija UzelacPolona DornikSanja OžegovićSlađana GolićSlavica PečikozaSlavica ŠukaStojna VangelovskaZagorka Počeković

Round-Robin (30 July – 5 August 1984)

Round-robin pools.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsDrawsLossesPointsPoints ForPA
1United StatesUSA50010431265
2Republic of KoreaKOR4018292302
3People's Republic of ChinaCHN2034318348
4CanadaCAN2034313335
5AustraliaAUS1042267317
6YugoslaviaYUG1042293347

Match #1 USA 83 – 55YUG
Match #2 CHN 67 – 64AUS
Match #3 KOR 67 – 62CAN
Match #4 USA 81 – 47AUS
Match #5 KOR 55 – 52YUG
Match #6 CAN 66 – 61CHN
Match #7 CAN 56 – 46AUS
Match #8 USA 84 – 47KOR
Match #9 CHN 79 – 58YUG
Match #10 KOR 54 – 48AUS
Match #11 YUG 69 – 68CAN
Match #12 USA 91 – 55CHN
Match #13 KOR 69 – 56CHN
Match #14 USA 92 – 61CAN
Match #15 AUS 62 – 59YUG

Final Round (7 August 1984)

Medal round.

Match 1/2 USA 85 – 55KOR
Match 3/4 CHN 63 – 57CAN