Skip to main content
Thumbnail for Rare gems : how four generations of women paved the way for the WNBA

Rare gems : how four generations of women paved the way for the WNBA

Megdal, Howard2024
An expansive and compelling chronicle tracing the rise of modern women's basketball Elvera Peps Neuman got lost in the sounds and rhythms of basketball, dribbling and shooting on a hoop affixed to her family's barn in Eden Valley, Minnesota. In the years preceding Title IX, Neuman's dreams of playing the game professionally meant a life away from home on barnstorming tours and even forming a team of her own, the Arkansas Gems. Sixty years later, she got to witness what a sold-out Target Center in downtown Minneapolis looked like on the Friday night of the 2022 Womens Final Four. Neumans cheers joined with a crowd of 18,268 to send a wall of sound toward the Twin Cities' own Paige Bueckers and her Connecticut teammates. The 511 Bueckers may have worn her ponytail a little differently than Neuman, but Neuman certainly saw something of herself in the young superstar. This is the story of the pioneers who shaped so much of the modern infrastructure for women's basketball, whose histories intersect and wind their way through the state of Minnesota. It is the story of forcing open doorsto ensure teams even existed, to allow those teams to play in conditions resembling those men could take for granted, to ensure that the color of your skin or who you love would not be a barrier to building a life centered around basketball. To end the double-standard that treats every undeniable success by women as a one-off, but every setback as a referendum. Four generations of women have played essential and diverse roles: Neuman and her friend and collaborator of a half-century, Vicky Nelson; Cheryl Reeve and her wife, Carley Knox; Lindsay Whalen, Maya Moore, Seimone Augustus, Sylvia Fowles, and WNBA's Minnesota Lynx; right through to the future of the game in Bueckers and the stars of tomorrow. Through meticulous research and evocative storytelling, this captivating narrative gives due recognition to the luminaries who ushered in women's basketball's modern er.
Main title:
Megdal, Howard, authorBanham, Rachel, writer of foreword
Chicago, IL : Triumph Books, 2024.©2024
225 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly colour), portraits (chiefly colour) ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references.
9781637271988 (hbk)9781637271988
Dewey class:
LocationCollectionCall numberStatus/Desc
Beaumaris LibraryAdult Non Fiction - Biography796.323 WOMOnloan - Due: 18 Jun 2024
View my active saved list
0 items in my active saved list