Queen's University

Women's Basketball celebrates 100 years

Women's basketball team 1912
Women's basketball team 1918
Women's basketball team 1934
Women's basketball team 1939
Women's basketball team 1958
Women's basketball team 1994

Queen's Women's Basketball celebrates 100 years this fall. Past players,referees, coaches and fans are all invited back to campus September 18-19 for the centenary reunion. The event includes an exhibition game against McGill, an "alumni vs. alumni" game, and a banquet dinner.

Here's a look back at the team's beginnings.The December 1, 1910 issue of the Queen's Journal reported on the first game:

"Tuesday, the 22nd, was a notable day in the history of basketball in the University, for on that day, for the first time, the Ladies' Basketball team played before the public view. A very large crowd turned out to see the game, including several hundred ladies. It quite beautified our old gym, when the rows of bright faces and bright colours were arranged around the side.

The YMCA were our girls' first victims. Mr. Bews has been boasting for some time about his team, but we thought he was simply indulging in pleasantry. However, our eyes were opened. The girls played beautiful ball. Short, fast passing, quick running, hard checking, and some really splendid shooting, marked the game."

Queen's won its first game 11-5. The players were Miss Edna Henderson, Miss Merry, Miss Nash, Miss O'Hearn, and Miss Warren.

To register for the Women's Basketball reunion in September, go to:

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