Basketball Belles: How Two Teams and One Scrappy Player Put Women’s Hoops on the Map

Written by Sue Macy

Illustrated by Matt Collins

Copyrighted 2011


Want a book that will interest your female students who play basketball?

How about a book to chronicle the changes over time in the lives of women?

Or, even a book to celebrate Women's History in March?


Well, this is the book for you! 

Yes, the title intrigued me.  But, once inside, I was captured by the silly beliefs of the time for what women could do and endure physically and thankful for the women who prooved them wrong.


Did you know …

Basketball was invented by James Naismith in 1891.

Senda Berenson adapted the rules for women in 1892.

At the first intercollegiate women's play in 1896 (from this story) …

Some games were played "for women only" as some thought it was not proper for women to perspire in front of men.

The basketball court was divided into 3 sections and women players were assigned to a specific section where they had to stay.  The reason?  To make the game less rough for women.  Of course, men played the entire court.


This book tells the story of that first women's basketball game between Stanford and Berkley, but it is much more.  It is the story of a feisty young woman who believed that "a lady can be tough and strong as well as refined and polite.  A lady can even play basketball."


This book also includes the Timeline of Women's Basketball with information that will interest any basketball player or fan.  The Resources page provides six books for further reading and two places to visit in person or online.


Don't miss reading and sharing this fascinating book with your young, female athletes!


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