The Women's Basketball 		                  Hall of Fame

Historical Timeline

1891
Basketball invented by Dr. James Naismith
   
1892
Senda Berenson adapts the rules for women and introduces the
  game at Smith College.
   
1892
First inter-institutional (extramural) contest between the University of
  California and Miss Head's School
   
1893
Clara Gregory Baer introduces basket ball to girls at Sophie Newcomb
  College in New Orleans.
   
1895
First publicly played basketball game in the South (demonstration
  game at the Southern Athletic Club in New Orleans by Sophie Newcomb
College students)
   
1895
Clara Gregory Baer publishes first basket ball rules for women, called
  "Basquette."
   
1896
First intercollegiate game is played between Stanford University and
  University of California at Berkeley.
   
1899
Formation of first Women's Basket Ball Rules Committee
   
1901
First official publication of Basket Ball for Women by Spalding
  Athletic Library with Senda Berenson as editor
   
1903
Halves shortened from 20 minutes to 15 minutes
   
1905
Executive Committee on Basket Ball Rules (National Women's
  Basketball Committee) is formed under auspices of the American
  Physical Education Association (APEA).
   
1906
Five to nine players on a side
   
1908
Placing one hand on a ball held by an opponent is a foul; double
  teaming a shooter is a foul
   
1910
Dribbling is outlawed.
   
1913
Officiating first appears in guides; single dribble returns, but ball must
  bounce knee high
   
1916
No coaching is allowed from the sidelines during game (except
  halftime) No timeouts, no substitutions.
   
1918
Basket with open bottom instead of closed basket with pull chain
  becomes official.
   
1918
Bounce pass legalized. Substitutes may be used, but they cannot re-
  enter the game.
   
1922
There must be at least six players on a side, maximum of nine.
   
1923
Formation of the Women's Division of the National Amateur Athletic
  Federation (NAAF)
   
1925
Goals scored by one-hand overhand throw, two-hand underhand throw,
  shot-put throw, and throw with back to the basket count as one point.
   
1926
Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) sponsors first-ever national women's
  basketball championship, using men's rules.
   
1927
Players must wear numbers on the back of their jerseys.
   
1928
Formation of first national women's officiating board: Women's National
  Officials Rating Committee
   
1929
First AAU All-America team selected.
 
1931
Techniques for officiating included in rulebook.
   
1931
Babe Didrikson leads Golden Cyclones to AAU national title.
   
1932
All field goals count as two points.
   
1932
Guarding on all planes permitted
   
1934
Tulsa Business College wins the first of three consecutive AAU national
  titles.
   
1936
Formation of the All American Red Heads
   
1938
Three-court game changed to two-court game with six players per team
  (three guards and three forwards).
   
1951
Hanes Hosiery wins the first of three consecutive AAU national titles.
   
1953
Overtime period established -following one overtime, games are
  decided by sudden death.
   
1953
USA wins gold in first World Championships.
   
1955
USA women's basketball team plays in first Pan American Games
  basketball competition and wins the gold medal.
   
1956
Ball can be tied with two hands around ball held by opponent: three
  seconds in the lane is a violation.
   
1962
Each team is permitted two players to roam the court; player is allowed
  to snatch ball from opponent.
   
1962
Nashville Business College wins first of eight consecutive AAU
  National Championships.
   
1965
Joint Committee AAU/DGWS Rules established
   
1966
Continuous unlimited dribble becomes official rule.
   
1969
First National Invitational Intercollegiate Basketball Tournament is held
  at West Chester State College in Pennsylvania.
   
1971
Five-player, full-court game and 30-second clock become official.
   
1971
The Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) is
  formed, giving women an opportunity to compete in national
  championships.
   
1972
Immaculata College wins the first of three consecutive AIAW women’s
  national collegiate basketball championships.
   
1975
First Kodak All-America Team
   
1976
Team USA makes its Olympic debut.
   
 
   
1977
Lusia Harris of Delta State University is awarded the first Broderick Cup
  as the most outstanding athlete in the AIAW.
   
1978
Formation of Women's Professional Basketball League (eight teams)
   
1978
Carol Blazejowski is named the inaugural recipient of Wade Trophy.
   
1981
Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) is formed.
   
1982
Rutgers defeats the University of Texas in the final AIAW
  championship. Louisiana Tech defeats Cheyney State in first NCAA
  NationalChampionship.
   
1984
USA captures its first Olympic gold medal in Los Angeles.
   
1984
West Virginia's Georgeann Wells registers the first dunk in women's
  collegiate basketball.
   
1986
Nancy Lieberman becomes the first woman to play in a men's
  professional basketball league when she joins the USBL's Springfield
  Fame.
   
1987
Three-point field goals introduced to collegiate basketball
   
1988
USA wins gold medal at the Seoul Olympics.
   
1991
The Liberty Basketball Association is launched, folds after one
  exhibition game.
   
1992
USA finishes with bronze medal at Barcelona Olympics.
   
1996
USA recaptures the gold medal at the Centennial Olympics in Atlanta.
   
1996
American Basketball League tips off its first season.
   
1997
Inaugural WNBA season
   
1999
The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame opens in Knoxville, Tenneesee.
   
2000
Houston Comets win fourth consecutive WNBA title.
   
2000
USA captures the gold medal at the Olympics in Sydney as Teresa
  Edwards competes in her fifth Olympics.
   
2001
Jackie Stiles becomes the leading scorer in NCAA Division I
  women's basketball history with 3,133 points.
   
2002
Lisa Leslie of the Los Angeles Sparks becomes the first woman to dunk
  during a professional game.
   
2003
The WBL celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the first professional
  women's basketball game.
   
2004
The University of Connecticut defeats Tennessee 70-61 in New Orleans
  to win its third straight championship.
   
2006
Epiphanny Prince, a senior at Murry Bergtraum High School in
  Manhattan, sets a national girls' scoring record with 113 points in the
  Lady Blazers' 137-32 win over Brandeis in a Public School Athletic
  League game.
   
2008
The University of Tennessee women's basketball team defeats
  Stanford to win its eighth national championship.
   
2008
USA wins fourth straight gold medal in the Beijing Olympics.
   
2009
Pat Summitt becomes the first Division I coach, men's or women's,
  to reach 1,000 wins as her University of Tennessee Volunteers defeat
  Georgia 73-43 on February 5, 2009.