Why She Plays: The World of Women's Basketball

Why She Plays: The World of Women's Basketball

Why She Plays: The World of Women's Basketball

Why She Plays: The World of Women's Basketball

Synopsis

Why does she play basketball? Since the enactment of Title IX in 1972, that question has come to be asked of more girls and women- and answered in more ways- than ever before. Christine A. Baker, herself an avid player and an assistant coach, pursues an answer through the ranks of the sport from youth basketball to the WNBA. Baker sets the stage with a quick look at current statistics and trends in women's basketball nationwide, noting the profound changes in the last thirty-five years. A series of exclusive interviews then takes us into the heart and soul of the sport. Her subjects are players and coaches, from neophytes to stars such as Dawn Staley and Nancy Lieberman; from legendary coaches such as Jody Conradt to the masterminds of USA Basketball and the 1996 Women's Dream Team; from Donna Lopiano, former CEO of the Women's Sports Foundation, to tomorrow's Olympic athletes. A richly detailed, all-encompassing portrait of the sport, these interviews offer a wealth of insight into the game, American sports culture, and, indeed, why Baker plays.

Excerpt

Listening to howling coyotes and sitting underneath the big sky and millions of stars were things I did often growing up in South Dakota. I remember admiring the works of an awesome Creator, not realizing what plans He had for my life. It was difficult for me to comprehend how all those millions of stars were hung.

At night after the floodlights were turned off on our concrete basketball court and my brother and father had gone in the house, I would routinely stand out there on the darkened basketball court, dreaming. Often I would let my thoughts run wild and imagine hitting game winners, buzzer beaters, circus shots, and nailing daggers from twenty-five feet out. Imagination aside, I could not foresee how my life and career would connect in the world of women's basketball.

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