Baker, Christine A.

Why She Plays : The World of Women''s Basketball - Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 2008. - 1 online resource (217 p.) - eBooks on Demand .

Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Foreword; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Why She Plays; Part one: Youth Basketball; 1. Heck Yeah, I'm a Tomboy!; 2. The Fun Factor; Part two: High-School Basketball; 3. You Can't Measure Heart; 4. The Crème of the Crop; Part three: 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 four: The WNBA; 9. Over Ten Years and Going Strong in the wnba; 10. The Superstars and the "Special" Treatment; Part five: USA Basketball 11. The United States versus the Rest of the World12. The Best in the World; Part six: 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; Suggested Reading

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.

9780803218659 17.95 (NL)

Basketball for women -- United States -- History.
Basketball for women.
Basketball players -- United States -- Biography.
Women basketball players -- United States -- Biography.

Electronic books.

GV886 .B29 2008

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