WBB History

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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TIMELINE: 1892 to the Present = women’s basketball history timeline that dates back to 1892. It’s full of photographs of players and teams throughout the decades, as well as interesting facts and key events of the game.

DON’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT HISTORY: AAU’s Last Champions – A look back at the history of AAU as it transitioned from older ages to its current status, and a bit about the 1979 champions – Anna’s Bananas (who featured Anne Meyers), and their competitors (Carol Blazejowski, Nancy Lieberman).

Lorene “Butch” Moore: All-American Red Head

Lucy’s Legacy: Lusia Harris-Stewart – Delta State University/1976 Olympics

At the Women’s Hoops Blog I’ve written posts that address women’s basketball history. They are linked below:

MARGARET WADE: She’s not just a name on a trophy

It’s been about 75 years since most competitive state high school girls basketball was wiped out and 35 years sinceTitle IX was signed. So how about a little history?

The Wade Trophy is awarded to the best women’ s basketball player in Division I. First offered in 1978, it was named after legendary Delta State coach Margaret Wade (1912-1995).

Many forget Wade the player who, in 1929, played forward and became captain of the Delta State Teacher’s College team. The team, though, was disbanded in 1932 because the administration thought “intercollegiate basketball could not be defended on sound grounds.” Basically, it was unlady-like. more


…But, there is still a huge treasure trove of primary material out there just begging to be explored — not just about women’s basketball in general, but its role within Native American communities (I eagerly await the publication ofPeavy and Smith’s book on the 1904 Fort Shaw team), immigrant communities in the early 1900’s, Japanese-American communities interned in the 1940’s, black communities… you get the point.

Which brings me to Claude Johnson, Black Fives, Inc. and the Black Fives Blog: (more)

FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS and women’s basketball’s roots

Bertha Nolan and Gloucester Catholic High School

Follow up to Bertha: Harvard’s Kim Delaney Smith and Fairfield’s Dianne Nolan

A little KENTUCKY women’s basketball history

Kentucky has a new coach. Morehead State coach Matthew Mitchell will be the program’s first male coach in its 36-year history.

So say the articles.

Well, in an effort to be accurate, I’d like to set the record straight.

In 1902, the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team was organized, despite objections from the women’s physical education director. (more)

NATIVE AMERICANS and women’s basketball history

…The history of Native American populations and women’s basketball is long (check out this photograph from the early 1900’s showing the La Plata County (Ute) girls teamin Colorado) and, at times, painful. Often the game was used as part of a process of “anglicizing” the young women. (more)

NATIVE AMERICANS in women’s basketball today

few months ago, we pointed out a series of articles on Utah’s Whitehorse High School team, which allowed us to note the long tradition of Native American girls basketball teams.

A couple of recent stories of interest: Oklahoma’sSequoyah Girls basketball team recently receivednational recognition by being ranked as one of the country’s top 25 high school teams in a recent Sports Illustrated poll. (more)

A little OKLAHOMA women’s basketball history

Geraldine Opal Suiter of Tipton, Oklahoma died at the age of 93. She was Tillman County’s first girls basketball coach and a longtime educator.

Suiter was a guard on the Laing High School girls basketball team that reached the state tournament during the 1928 and 1929 seasons. Recalled Reba Sturgess, 95, the last survivng player from the team: (more)


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