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Inside women's college basketball : anatomy of a season
Kent, Richard G.
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Publication Information:
Dallas, Tex. : Taylor Trade Pub., [2000]

Physical Description:
xviii, 222 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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Written by four reporters who have covered the sport during the 1990s, this work follows the exploits of the five programmes heavily favoured to contend for the national basketball championship in 2000-2001: Tennessee, Connecticut, Rutgers, UCLA, and Louisiana Tech. Blending the insights and fact-finding of the reporters, it depicts the intensity of women's college basketball both on the court and on the recruiting trail; analyzes its geniuses such as Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt; illuminates its star players such as UConn's Sue Bird and Tennessee's Kristen Ace Clement; and takes on some of the game's controversial elements, such as the perception of rampant lesbianism, the preponderance of knee injuries, the bullying tactics of the game's top coaches, and the endless struggle for financial resources in a sports landscape dominated by men.

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Booklist Review

Women's college basketball, though still lagging behind the men's game in media attention, is a growing phenomenon. Kent chronicles the 1999^-2000 season as experienced by four top women's programs: Tennessee, Connecticut, Rutgers, and Sacred Heart. Mirroring the men's game, women's basketball is dominated by its coaches, and the quartet represented here are among the most notable. Tennessee's Pat Summitt is one of basketball's--men or women--most successful coaches; Gene Auriemma has turned Connecticut into a perennial contender for the national title; and Vivian Stringer has won more than 600 games at Rutgers. Ed Swanson at Sacred Heart, though not as successful as the other three, may be the most interesting: a 34-year old Sacred Heart grad, he is leading the school into Division I competition and seems destined to rise to the top. Supplementing Kent's reportage are insights from the sports journalists who regularly cover these teams for the local press. This is a fine overview for those looking for insights into the women's game. --Wes Lukowsky

Library Journal Review

Kent (a lawyer who publishes Big East Women's College Basketball Report) and four other sportswriters have collaborated on this book about the 1999-2000 women's basketball season. They focus on four teamsDRutgers, Connecticut, Tennessee, and UCLADwhich made the Final Four, as well as new Division I contender Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. The vicissitudes of each school's season merits a chapter, with the lion's share given to Rutgers and Connecticut. Tennessee's chapter, though short, is especially vivid. Sections on the NCAA Final Four Tournament in Philadelphia and one on recruiting (how to keep the best players from choosing the top two schools) round out the book. Because it treats five different schools, the book lacks the depth or intensity of Lauren Kessler's Full Court Press (LJ 3/1/97), yet the players' and coaches' hard work and dedication really come through. Of interest mainly in the Northeast, this book is recommended for public libraries.DKathy Ruffle, Coll. of New Caledonia Lib., Prince George, BC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. IX
Forewordp. XI
Introductionp. XV
Rutgersp. 1
Sacred Heartp. 57
Tennesseep. 83
UConnp. 105
Postseasonp. 167
Recruitingp. 193
Epiloguep. 199
NCAA Women's Tournamentp. 203
Indexp. 215