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Why She Plays: The World of Women's Basketball

Why She Plays: The World of Women's Basketball

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Overview

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.

Christine A. Baker is a writer for the Web site Full Court Press. She is also an assistant varsity coach, copywriter, and graphic designer. Becky Hammon, one of the most recognizable players in the WNBA today, is a WNBA All-Star and player with the San Antonio Silver Stars.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803216334
Publisher: Bison Original
Publication date: 12/01/2008
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 907,083
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author


Christine A. Baker is a writer for the Web site Full Court Press. She is also an assistant varsity coach, copywriter, and graphic designer. Becky Hammon, one of the most recognizable players in the WNBA today, is a WNBA All-Star and player with the San Antonio Silver Stars.

Table of Contents


Foreword

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Why She Plays

Part 1. Youth Basketball

1. Heck Yeah, I'm a Tomboy!

2. The Fun Factor

Part 2. High-School Basketball

3. You Can't Measure Heart

4. The Crème of the Crop

Part 3. College Basketball

5. Three Divisions, One Association

6. Conradt, Goestenkors, and the Pursuit of Perfection

7. The Approach of a Coach

8. A Dance Is Still a Dance

Part 4. The wnba

9. Over Ten Years and Going Strong in the wnba

10. The Superstars and the "Special" Treatment

Part 5. USA Basketball

11. The United States versus the Rest of the World

12. The Best in the World

Part 6. Media Coverage and Women's Basketball

13. The Slippery Slope of Gender Politics

14. Unique but Alike

15. Her Place of Peace

Epilogue: Building the Perfect Player

Appendix A: High School Participation by State

Appendix B: The Structure of USA Basketball

Notes

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