Take it to the hoop : 100 years of women's basketball / Sandra Steen and Susan Steen.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: Traces the development of women's basketball, from its beginning in the 1890s through the formation of the Women's National Basketball Association in 1997.
    • Content Notes:
      The beginning of women's basketball: no men allowed -- What are the rules? -- Queens of the court -- Travelin' teams -- On the road and in the air -- The spectacular 1970s -- Off to college -- Professionals and Olympians -- We got game: the WNBA -- In the hall -- Appendix 1: Women's professional basketball teams -- Appendix 2: Hall of Famers -- Appendix 3: Championships -- Appendix 4: Awards and trophies -- Appendix 5: Historic rules of the court.
    • Notes:
      Includes index.
    • ISBN:
      0761324704 (lib. bdg.)
      9780761324706 (lib. bdg.)
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Booklist Monthly Selections - # 1 May 2003

Gr. 6-8. James Naismith invented the game for boys in December 1891; less than 11 months later, teams of young women were competing and, as chronicled by the Steens, have done so ever since--in the face of preconceived notions about their physical frailty, objections from arbiters of propriety, and outright discrimination from the NCAA and other athletic organizations. Supported by a generous array of black-and-white photos, this is a reasonably coherent picture of the sport's patchwork growth that identifies many significant players and coaches, and catalogs the bewildering rule changes that have dogged the game throughout its history. Despite promising raw material, the prose seldom scintillates. Still, the account takes in the 2002 WNBA draft, and includes a detailed tour of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, a tally of last year's top high-school players, and no fewer than five appendixes listing teams, championships, and addresses, making it stronger and more up-to-date than Joanne Lannin's A History of Basketball for Girls and Women (2000). ((Reviewed May 1, 2003)) Copyright 2003 Booklist Reviews

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2003 Fall

This well-researched survey provides a comprehensive look at the history of women's basketball. The evolution of rules, uniforms, and even society's attitude toward women's participation are detailed. The archival photographs are a highlight of the book, but the contemporary shots of modern pros don't match in quality. While the blue and white layout seems static, the text does have the energy of the topic. Directory. Ind. Copyright 2003 Horn Book Guide Reviews