Contention on the Court: The Emergence of Women’s Basketball and Its Negotiations with Female Propriety

By Mercedes Townsend In the same way defenders utilizing a “full court press” strategy limit the progression of their opponents across the court, hegemonic gender norms and expectations have historically and continuously stifled the progress of women’s basketball. Despite the gains of storied programs such as the UConn Huskies and University of Tennessee Lady Vols,…