Category Archives: women's sports

The Southern swagger of Kim Mulkey

TweetDENVER — She has one eye that barely blinks and a side of her mouth that doesn’t move because of a recent diagnosis with Bell’s palsy.
None of that deters Kim Mulkey from looking the questioner straight in the eye and telling her exactly what she thinks. Especially if the question is meant to put her [...]

If you leave them open, they will shoot

TweetDENVER — On a night when the undercard trumped the main event, two players barely mentioned in the buildup to the Women’s Final Four were the unexpected, and undisputed stars.
Fifth-year Notre Dame senior Brittany Mallory was left open by UConn not just once, but twice, in overtime of Sunday’s first semifinal game, and she burned the [...]

In defense of elitism at the Women’s Final Four

TweetDENVER — One of the most refreshing storylines about this Women’s Final Four is the fact that for the first time since 1989, all No. 1 seeds have advanced.
In a sport where the handwringing over the lack of parity is an abiding concern, should “chalk” be applauded?
Absolutely, because of  the star power that Baylor, UConn, [...]

Gender and coaching women’s basketball, Part II

TweetI had no sooner pushed the button on yesterday’s post on the issue of gender and coaching women’s basketball than ESPN The Magazine, as part of the Worldwide Leader’s flood the zone Title IX coverage, published “The Glass Wall” on the same topic, but that reached an entirely different conclusion.
Written by Luke Cyphers and Kate [...]

Gender and coaching women’s basketball

TweetThe moves of Wisconsin-Green Bay coach Matt Bollant to Illinois and Bowling Green’s Curt Miller to Indiana this week raised a different set of eyebrows than they might have a decade or so ago.
In leaving established, NCAA-successful women’s mid-major teams for long-downtrodden Big Ten programs, Bollant and Miller represent the kinds of hires some athletics [...]

Stretching the boundaries of Title IX

TweetAs promised, espnW this week rolled out “The Power of IX,” its special section devoted to the law that revolutionized women’s sports in America and that turns 40 in June.
As expected, the site is attractive visually and has a compelling mix of stories, photos, videos and other multimedia content.
The material is overwhelmingly positive in tone, [...]

When women wouldn’t let girls get in the game

TweetTim Stevens of the Raleigh News & Observer pens a solid history of the absence of a North Carolina girls high school basketball state tournament until 1972, just before the passage of Title IX.
This ban was cemented by actions over time from the male-dominated state high school athletic association, state school board association and finally [...]

A little trash talking never hurts

TweetThe UConn-Tennessee rivalry that Pat Summitt snuffed out four years ago may not ever be fully replaced, but UConn’s Big East battles with a superior Notre Dame team are taking on a healthy edge.
Especially after the Irish guards sizzled in the second half in Hartford Monday night to down the Huskies for the third consecutive [...]

More than just a novelty act

TweetMy favorite heroines — sports or otherwise — aren’t women who succumb to the cookie-cutter ideal of  being “role models” but who relish instead stepping outside acceptable boundaries to discover the world as it is, and reshape it, even a small bit, to their ambitions and will.
Sally Jenkins on Danica Patrick:
“I’ve always liked Patrick a [...]

As the Title IX celebrations continue . . .

TweetA garden variety Title IX panel discussion at Wellesley College this week received the garden variety write-up from the Boston Globe.
Meanwhile, five high school districts in Wisconsin are being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights for alleged athletic disparities for females.
Expect much more of the same during this 40th anniversary year of [...]