Publication Date

August 2007


Adapted with permission from echo (, March 2004.


Since 1912, Western had fielded women's athletic teams, but after 1930 they were restricted to intramural competition. In 1972, with the implementation of Title IX on the horizon, physical education faculty members and students began to lobby for the quick restoration of an intercollegiate athletics program for women. Although they met with some resistance, by 1973-74 Western women were competing again on an intercollegiate basis in basketball, tennis, golf, gymnastics, track and riflery.

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After 1930, these women lost the chance to play intercollegiate basketball.

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Intercollegiate play, including this game against Louisville, resumed in early 1974.