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A History of Basketball for Girls and Women: From Bloomers to Big Leagues

by Joanne Lannin

Published by Lerner, 2000
144 pages
ISBN: 0-8225-3331-6

Ages 9 and older

Within a month of James Naismith's invention of "basket ball" in Springfield, Massachusetts, in December, 1891, Senda Berenson created a version of this new game for her women students at nearby Smith College. Who were the key people involved after that? Why does Iowa have such a rich history of high school girls' basketball? Which young women moved from being star players to coaching others? Changes in how the game has been played (three dribbles! half court!) and who has played it (Babe Didrickson Zaharias, Cheryl Miller) throughout the 20th century are detailed in a compelling chronological account illustrated with archival photographs. Beginning with the 1980s, the photo record of this ever-growing sport for girls and women is reproduced in full color. CCBC categories: Historical People, Places, and Events.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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