Nancy Lynn Dunkle[1]
Personal information
Born (1955-01-10) January 10, 1955 (age 67)
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)[2][3]
Medal record

Nancy Lynn Dunkle (born January 10, 1955) is a former American basketball player who competed in the 1976 Summer Olympics.[4] Dunkle was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000.

USA Basketball

Dunkle was named to the team representing the US at the 1973 World University Games competition in Moscow, Soviet Union. It was the eighth such competition, but the first one in which the USA competed in women's basketball. The USA team had to play the Soviet Union in the opening round, and lost to the hosts, 92–43. The USA team bounced back and won their next two games. After preliminary play, the teams moved into medal rounds, where the first round loss carried over. In the medal round, the USA won their next three games, including a match against 6–0 Cuba, which the USA won 59–44. That sent them to the gold medal game, but against the host Soviet Union, now 7–0. The USSR won to capture the gold medal, while the USA finished with a silver in their first competition.[5]

In 1975 the 6ft 2in tall Dunkle[6][7] played for the USA team in the Pan American Games held in Mexico City, Mexico. The USA team had finished second in 1967 and 1971, but won all seven games at the 1975 event to capture their first gold medal since 1963.[8]

Dunkle earned a spot on the USA National team, which competed in the 1975 World Championships held in Cali, Colombia. The USA team lost their opening round game by two points to Japan 73–71. After winning the next game, they faced Czechoslovakia who won by a single point 66–65. This sent the USA team to the consolation rounds, where they won three of four, but dropped a game to Canada 74–68. The USA finished the competition in eighth place.[9]

Dunkle continued with the National team to the 1976 Olympics, held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. After losing the opening game to Japan, the USA team beat Bulgaria, but then faced host team Canada. Dunkle was the leading scorer for the USA team with 17 points, helping the USA team defeat Canada 84–71. After losing to the USSR, the USA team needed a victory against Czechoslovakia to secure a medal. Dunkle scored 14 points, to help the team to an 83–67 win and the silver medal.[10]

Cal State Fullerton statistics


  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Year Team GP Points FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
1974 Cal State Fullerton 21 322 NA NA 7.4 NA 15.3
1975 Cal State Fullerton 21 376 NA NA 8.6 NA 17.9
1976 Cal State Fullerton 19 423 56.0% 51.8% 13.1 2.3 22.3
1977 Cal State Fullerton 21 438 56.8% 70.4% 8.0 2.4 20.9
Career 82 1559 52.5% NA 9.2 NA 19.0


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  7. ^ "Games of the XXIst Olympiad -- 1976". Retrieved May 31, 2021.
  8. ^ "Seventh Pan American Games -- 1975". USA Basketball. June 10, 2010. Archived from the original on September 7, 2015. Retrieved October 12, 2015.
  9. ^ "Seventh World Championship For Women -- 1975". USA Basketball. February 26, 2014. Archived from the original on September 5, 2015. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
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  11. ^ "Women's Basketball Finest" (PDF). Retrieved October 2, 2017.