Women’s History Month: ‘Our History Is Our Strength’

2011 – Gonzaga point guard Courtney Vandersloot became the first player in Division I history -male or female- to to record 2,000 points and 1,000 assists in her career.

2000 – Team USA caps a perfect week of ice hockey with a 5-0 win over Team Sweden in the championship game of the Women’s Holiday Classic held at Lake Placid, NY. The US national women’s team won all five games played in the three country tournmant with Russia and Sweden.

1936 – Gynmastics for women is added to the Olympic program at the Berlin Games.

1834 – The first modern Lacrosse games are played. Lacrosse will become a major new sports opportunity for women in the 1990’s with many colleges offering scholarship dollars. The original game was played by North American Indians.

1946 – The Women’s Professional Golf Association is formed. Patty Berg wins $1,500 in the first US Women’s Golf Open.

2011 – Cynthia Cooper’s Jersey To Be Retired
Trojan great comes to Galen for halftime ceremony honoring her success at USC.  In April 2010, Cooper-Dyke secured herself among basketball’s elite, earning induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. One of 13 women ever to be inducted as players, Cooper joined a class of eight fellow 2010 hall-of-famers.

1805 – Englishwoman Alicia Meynell, riding as Mrs. Thornton, defeats a leading male jockey, Buckle, in a race.

776 B.C. – The first Olympics are held in ancient Greece. Women are excluded, so they compete every four years in their own Games of Hera, to honor the Greek goddess who ruled over women and the earth.

Check out the History Channel Women in Sports Photo Gallery:     Women%20in%20Sports.

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