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She Got Game!

Posted by [email protected] on January 11, 2015 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Girls in bloomer pants and high-collared sailor shirts led the way for Women’s Basketball at Kent State!

Intercollegiate athletics did not arrive at Kent until the 1930s; therefore students participated in intramural sports as a means of competition. However, female athletes were forced to play under modified conditions, such as half court play and only three dribbles of the ball at a time. The women athletes competed under a cloud of stereotypes (such as being frail and weak), which infiltrated how they were allowed to compete. Nevertheless, the enthusiasm of the sport continued to spread amongst many of the women at Kent, as teams bore names such as: Red Terror, Lucky Strikes, Blockheads, and the Whippets! 

This squad of eight women modestly dressed in high-necked blouses with sailor collars, and bloomer pants, were one of the earliest all-female basketball groups created in 1914!

Women’s Basketball at Kent State has generated a roster of phenomenal athletes over the years, including Mary Bukovac, who landed the title of MAC Player of the Year in 1989 and won first team all-conference honors twice!

If you are a sports enthusiast or want to learn more about Kent State Women's Basketball, review the following resources in the Department of Special Collections and Archives, on the 12th floor of the Kent State library, Go Flashes!

Gilgenbach, Cara and Theresa Walton. Kent State University Athletics. Images of Sports series. Chicago: Arcadia Publishing, 2008. 128pp

Basketball (Women). Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives