Guess it’s time to dive in to all the preseason news…
AP Division I: Notre Dame top spot.
USA Today: UConn in the top spot
WBCA Coaches Division II: Bentley rules.
D3Hoops: Massachusetts rules! (Amherst and Tufts top the rankings)
California: ‘ware Division II! Tigers come up short in exhibition contest against Chico State
Michigan, Graham Hays: Michigan’s Flaherty turns passion into prolific scoring
Missouri: Hannah Schuchts to fill void in debut season for women’s basketball – After being forced to redshirt her first year, Schuchts will play a fundamental role amidst the loss of two top players.
North Carolina: Three takeaways from UNC women’s basketball media day
North Dakota: UND women’s basketball team plans to push pace
Oklahoma:Coale tweaks offense
Pennsylvania: Lady Lions’ youth to play important role this season
Tennessee: “Today is our only focus.”
West Virginia: Coach Mike Carey – Basketball for a greater purpose
West Coast Conference: Gonzaga Favored In WCC Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll
What do you think? Was Sparks-Lynx Game 5 the Best WNBA Game Ever?
Cerritos College’s Talon Marks: The LA Sparks must be recognized for their accomplishments
Michelle puts a bow on Year 20: Introductions, Farewells, Records, Activism, Star Power
Thanks to the 20-year-loyal MSR’s ’20 in 20′ series ends with a tribute to WNBA greatness
Nneka Ogwumike pays a visit to alma mater, Cy Fair High
The Wake: Minnesota Lynx rule Minnesota sports
So long! Sky Not To Retain Chatman In 2017
Catch keeps busy: WNBA star teaches youth about game
New York Magazine: How I Get It Done: Newly Retired WNBA Superstar Swin Cash
High School History: Culpeper (Va) flashback: Beginning a basketball dynasty
The autumn of 1971 (yes, they played girls basketball in the fall back then) marked the beginning of a Culpeper High girls basketball dynasty that would last for more than three decades.
Coached by Pat Cullen, the varsity Devilettes went 11-0 that season and outscored their opponents by almost a 7-1 margin.
Led by Diane “Dee” Jones, Bernice Tharp and Nancy Southard, Culpeper easily won the Battlefield District regular season title. Unfortunately, there were no regional or state playoffs at that time for girls’ basketball.
In 1996, Sheryl Swoopes became the first woman to join the WNBA. That same year she inspired the first legitimate women’s basketball sneaker, the Nike Air Swoopes, which revolutionized the game for women. At the time, because basketball shoes were made for and marketed toward men, women’s shoes were extremely hard to find. Female basketball players often wore smaller-sized men’s sneakers instead.
Nike sent lead shoe designer Marni Gerber to Swoopes’s hometown in Brownfield, Texas, where she spent time with Swoopes and her friends and family. Gerber designed the Air Swoopes for strong, athletic women like her, and Swoopes would go on to win three Olympic Gold medals.
Her story is one of many spotlighted in Molly Schoit’s new book Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History, which features iconic and lesser-known female athletes who paved the way for women in sports. The tome includes rarely seen photographs of athletes like Jackie Towanda, who became the first woman to box in Madison Square Garden, and Renée Richards, the first transgender woman to play in a professional tennis tournament. Click ahead to see tennis player Lorraine Williams, bullfighter Conchita Cintron, and Olympic skier Penny Pitou.