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Thirteen Women StrongThe Making of a Team$
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Robert K. Wallace

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125152

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125152.001.0001

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Watching Women’s Basketball

Watching Women’s Basketball

Thirteen Women Strong

Robert K. Wallace

University Press of Kentucky

Women's basketball at the college level began in 1882 when Senda Berenson created a team at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, one year after James Naismith had invented the game of basketball for boys in nearby Springfield. As Pamela Grundy has shown in Shattering the Glass: The Remarkable History of Women's Basketball, the women's collegiate game had developed with considerable parity in relation to the men's game before World War II. After that war, social norms began to favor demure forms of “femininity” over female accomplishment. During the 1950s many colleges with women's programs actually cut them back, and few new programs were started. During this period of retrenchment, the women's game was kept alive by the gritty inner-city playgrounds of the larger metropolitan areas. It was at this point in the history of the game that Nancy Winstel came of age in the streets of Newport.

Keywords:   women's basketball, Senda Berenson, Smith College, Pamela Grundy, Nancy Winstel

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