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‘Forgotten’ women’s hoops pioneers describe what we lose if Title IX is lost

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For years, the practice of comparing women to male players has been dismissed with excuses: the women’s game hasn’t been around long enough, it doesn’t have enough stars, it needs a roster to stay relevant. But that is far from the case in the minds of the first women, whose lives have changed dramatically with the 37 words written into law 50 years ago this week.

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“We don’t always have to follow the men, and we don’t always have to follow the men, but there is one aspect. [we should]Elizabeth Galloway McQuitter told Sportzshala Sports. “One thing that men do right is that they honor their past. They honor their history. And eras. The Title IX era needs to be cemented.”

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Galloway McQuitter and Adrian Mitchell Newell were two of the first women to receive basketball scholarships in the 1970s when it became clear that Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 really belonged to athletics. The law was signed into law by Richard M. Nixon on June 23, 1972, and was primarily intended to open educational opportunities for women by prohibiting gender discrimination by federally funded institutions. But in these 37 words was the word “activity”. number of girls competing in school sports increased from 294,015 in 1971–72 to 3,402,733 in 2018–2019, statistics for the latest year are available.

Few realized at the time that Title IX would have such an impact on women’s athletic performance. What Galloway McQuitter and Mitchell Newell did know was that the law and ongoing scholarships allowed them to get a university degree they wouldn’t have otherwise. Galloway McQuitter signed with UNLV. paving the way for women’s basketball in the city, which now rallies around the Las Vegas Aces WNBA team. Mitchell Newell attended the University of Kansas, where she remains second in career points and rebounds. And they both starred in the Women’s Basketball League (WBL) Chicago Hustle, the foundation block of the first-ever WNBA Chicago Sky Championship last fall.

But few people know about it. And even less talk about it. As for the first beneficiaries of the law, it is that the next ones will continue to feel the same as they did: lost to a history that repeats itself inappropriately.

“What happened because women didn’t do the right thing is what they forgot.” – Galloway McQuitter, President Ball legends, an organization dedicated to sharing the history of the WBL, told Sportzshala Sports. “They don’t know real WNBA players. They don’t know 10 year old WNBA players. They don’t know the next 10 years [of] WNBA players. They know the last five years.

“But what will happen to [Diana] Taurasi and [Sue] Byrd and Candice Parker and what happened to Maya Moore and Sylvia Fowles and all those great players and Olympians? They will become the new forgotten ones until—and if we don’t—we find a way to secure [our history].”

Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird brings the ball into the first half of a WNBA Commissioner's Cup game against the Connecticut Sun on August 12, 2021 in Phoenix.
Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird is in the final season of his WNBA career. Will it soon be forgotten by history? (AP Photo/Matt York, file)

What We Lose Without Title IX

Title IX and athletics have been inextricably linked for the past 50 years. But this was not the case when the law was passed. Sports were almost non-existent on the radar.

“We would have no reason to think that Title IX would affect us in the future,” Galloway McQuitter said. “We had no idea about Title IX, its impact on us, or how we would impact Title IX.”

The early 1970s were still a time when women were rarely accepted into graduate school, faced blatant discrimination in employment, and could not even have a credit card in their name. Doctors still kept women from playing sports because they thought the uterus might fall out. There were some high schools, such as Galloway McQuitter’s in Rockdale, Texas, that offered organized sports. But what followed was a dead end until Title IX forced investment at the collegiate level.

The first student-athletes to receive a scholarship played in the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) since the NCAA struggled with the implementation of Title IX and did not sponsor the sport until ten years later, in 1982. For most of these players, as today, the advantage was a completely paid education. For the first time they began to work en masse as lawyers, police chiefs, doctors and scientists. A select group continued to play professionally and served as coaches for decades.

“It is important to note that without [Title IX] I wouldn’t be an athlete in KU,” Mitchell Newell, secretary for Legends of the Ball, told Sportzshala Sports. “I would not become a professional basketball player in the WBL, nor a coach. I worked at City Hall in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. [before college]. I would have a good life, but it wouldn’t be this life. The fact that we were able to go to college completely changed our lives.”

Section IX, AIAW and WBL are called the Triad. They are all inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Pioneers Among Game Recipients in addition to the Immaculata Mighty Macs (won the first three AIAW titles), Delta State (won three consecutive AIAW titles), and the 1976 US Olympic team, which helped catapult the WBL as the 1996 team did for the WNBA.

“This is how powerful and influential the era of women basketball players, coaches and everyone associated with it is. [with it] were,” Galloway McQuitter said. “And lest others know, it just blows my mind.”

The two met as teammates with the Chicago Hustle. Galloway McQuitter was called a “thug” by radio personality Les Grobstein for 136 steals, the best in the league in her first season. She averaged 13 points, 9.3 rebounds and four assists. Mitchell Newell was the No. 2 pick in the Hustle draft the following year and was called a “sport prototype” for her ability to play well in any position. But the league folded after three seasons, so everyone went on to coaching.

Liz Galloway of the Chicago Hustle rides to the rim against Gail Marquis of the New York Stars during a WBL game in Chicago on December 15, 1979.  (AP Photo/Larry Stoddard)
Liz Galloway of the Chicago Hustle rides to the rim against Gail Marquis of the New York Stars during a WBL game in Chicago on December 15, 1979. (AP Photo/Larry Stoddard)

“We didn’t just play for three years and disappear. We stayed relevant,” Galloway McQuitter said. “We have coached players who have coached players who have coached players. I coached WNBA and ABL players [American Basketball League] players. We have members [in Legends of the Ball] who coached in the ABL and in the WNBA. We have influenced generations.”

For those in the know, their lives have intersected with countless legendary names whose careers began in those early days after Title IX.

Doug Bruno, Hustle’s head coach, is still at DePaul, where he coached the Chicago Skyguard and three-time three-point champion Ellie Quigley. Ann Meyers Drysdale of UCLA. Marian Washington coached in Kansas for 30 years and was an assistant to the ’96 Olympic team. Fran Harmon, who brought Galloway McQuitter to Temple College in Texas, coached for 30 years and was affiliated with Team USA. Lucille Civallos Queens College. Sue Gunther from LSU. Margaret Wade of Delta State. Jody Conrad in Texas with his first undefeated NCAA season in 1985-86. Pat Summit – well, of course, everyone knows Pat Summitt. And Lynn Dunn, who began her career at Austin Peay State in 1970, is still the interim general manager of the Indiana Fever.

However, few people know. It’s easy to recognize Summit, an eight-time NCAA-winning coach, as she, Dunn and Bruno are still tied to the current WNBA headliners. This through line is convenient for broadcasters and fans. Not so much for others.

“We’re going back to a certain point, and I tell her, ‘Go back further,'” Galloway McQuitter said. “Yes, you don’t have to go back to 1892. However, you can, because women have been playing since 1892. . And my question was, looking back 50 years to Title IX and when it was implemented, do you wonder who entered the doors it opened?”

The pessimistic answer is not to be surprised, and it is dangerous to go down this path.

Sue Bird on her way to New Forgotten

How google confetti stopped falling at last year’s 25th anniversary celebration, the WNBA faced criticism for a low-key, botched effort that many felt failed to adequately highlight its past. And this is only 25 years of glory, not counting the predecessors. There are a lot of them.

Galloway McQuitter has been talking about them for the past month during TEDxBoston talk in honor of the 50th anniversary of Title IX. WPBA, WBL, LPBA, WABA, NWBA, LBA, WBA, ABL and WNBA were listed above their respective teams. The series she starred in was supported in part by Athletes Unlimited, the organizers of the most recent professional women’s basketball league in the United States.

“It’s definitely affecting young WNBA players who don’t know their history,” Galloway McQuitter told Sportzshala Sports by phone after his speech. “They say, ‘OK, to be her, you have to see her.’ We have been there, we have always been there. There are shots, there are shots from the games. So you can see us. You can aspire to be like that.”

If this historical knowledge continues to fade into the background, then the generations that are retiring “become the new forgotten because it has already happened,” Galloway McQuitter said.

The Houston Comets don’t often mention the dynasty, although they won the first four WNBA championships in the late 1990s. Louisiana Tech and the University of Southern California were the NCAA leaders in the 1980s. Schools such as Immaculata and Cheyney State ran the AIAW but were either transferred to the NAIA or completely disbanded just like the Comets and the professional leagues before them.

Cynthia Cooper and the Houston Comets celebrate their 1999 WNBA championship victory over the New York Liberty.
Cynthia Cooper and the Houston Comets celebrate their 1999 WNBA Championship victory over the New York…


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