Women's Basketball By: Liz

Womens basketball started in 1892. Senda Abbott adopted the rules and taught them to her students at Smith College. The first intercollegiate game was not played until 1896, where Stanford beat Berkeley 2-1. It wasn't then until 1936 that they formed a team All American Reds of semiprofessional and professional women playing against men while using men rules. It then got enhanced in 1953 when U.S. women's team won gold at world championship.

Now in 2016 Women's basketball is very improved. They unlike men still play four quarters. Every high school and almost all colleges play. They have the NCAA Women's league, which is the National Collegiate Athletic Association. They also have the WNBA which is the Women National Basketball Association that you have to get drafted into from college.

Mildred Babe was a person that excelled not only in women's basketball but many sports in the 20th century. She excelled in basketball, golf, and track. In track she had two gold medals in javelin and 800. She also had a silver because she tied in high jump. Babe left high school her senior year to play for the Dallas semiprofessional women's basketball team, the Golden Cyclones. She was about 5 foot 6 averaging 30 points a game. She was apart of the win in the championship of 1931.

Kelsey Plum who is not featured in this photo is a woman that excelles in basketball of the 21st century. She went to La Jolla County High School and now is playing basketball at Washington. She is a 5 foot 8 point guard. She was the Pac 12 Freshman of the year averaging 20.9 points a game. She averaged 21.8 as a sophomore, 26.2 as a junior, and is now averaging 27.2 so far this season. If she stays on pace she would be the first player in school history to reach 3,000 career points. Heres a youtube link to some of her highlights. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkvXhiiXbPw

Credits:

Created with images by keijj44 - "basketball girls basketball female" • DeusXFlorida (10,211,658 views) - thanks guys! - "Basketball, women: Jacksonville University vs Lipscomb" • Tulane Public Relations - "Women's Basketball" • USAG-Humphreys - "ESPN Armed Forces Classic - Game Day - U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys, South Korea - 9 Nov. 2013" • tpsdave - "basketball court game"

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