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A Basketball Game Worth Watching from Tip Off to the Final Buzzer

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This week I watched an NCAA basketball game and was absolutely amazed at the talent level.  

The point guards at the basketball game were handling the ball with incredible skill.  One point guard took the ball coast to coast with lightning speed and precision, weaving in and out of 4 defenders, and eventually passing the basketball to a wide open player for a 3 point shot.  The forwards had unbelievable post up moves and could hit mid range jumpers with ease. The centers blocked shots and played tough defense.  A prominant player, a 3 time Finals Most Outstanding Player, scored only 8 points but contributed as a relentless defender and rebounder.  Most if not all of the players had high percentages from the free throw line.  There was team defense and passing and sportsmanship.  In the end, the University of Connecticut Women’s basketball team prevailed over Notre Dame’s Womens basketball team.

Anyone who is not a fan of women’s basketball is not a fan of basketball. It is fundamentals, athleticism, and truly a joy to watch.

Womens basketball game

Women’s basketball began in the winter of 1892 at Smith College. Senda Berenson, an instructor at Smith, taught basketball to her students, hoping the activity would improve their physical health.[1] Basketball’s early adherents were affiliated with YMCAs and colleges throughout the United States, and the game quickly spread throughout the country.  However, Berenson was taking risks simply in teaching the game to women. She worried a little about the women suffering from “nervous fatigue” if games were too strenuous for them. And, in order to keep it “acceptable” for women to play at all, she taught modified rules. These included a court divided into three areas and nine players per team. Three players were assigned to each area (guard, center, forward) and could not cross the line into another area. The ball was moved from section to section by passing or dribbling. Players were limited to three dribbles and could hold the ball for three seconds. No snatching or batting the ball away from a player was allowed. A center jump was required after each score. Peach baskets and the soccer ball were the equipment. Variations of Berenson’s rules spread across the country via YMCAs and colleges.  The first intercollegiate women’s basketball game was played between teams from Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, in 1896.

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