From worst record in the league to WNBA champions...this was the history making achievement of the 2003 Detroit Shock. Led by great players like Swin Cash, Ruth Riley, Deanna Nolan and Cheryl Ford, and coached by Detroit Piston legend Bill Laimbeer, the Shock knocked off the defending champions from Los Angeles in a thrilling three game championship final. This book tells the entire history of the Shock through the 2003 season, and also includes general background information on women's basketball.
|Publisher:||Outskirts Press, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.19(d)|
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Women�s professional basketball in the United States has come a long way from the late 1970s� Women�s Basketball League to today�s WNBA, just as women�s sports in general have reached ever greater heights. The "worst to first" journey of the Detroit Shock is one specific story within the larger saga. The dedication, perseverance, and hard work of the 2003 Shock can be seen as a microcosm of the broader struggle of women athletes for more acceptance, recognition, and respect. By their extraordinary deeds, the 2003 Shock made the sports world take notice of them, and helped to take women�s pro basketball to another level. For this they will always have a special place in the hearts of all who are proud to call themselves fans of women�s sports!
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Sports fans and women's history buffs will both enjoy author Vince Prygoski's latest: 'Worst To First (A 'Shocking' Tale of Women's Basketball In Motown).' The book presents the story of the Detroit Shock, and the amazing turnaround of the women's basketball team who went from last place to league champions in the course of two seasons. Those interested in how women have advanced themselves in U.S. society over the last 100 years will appreciate the difficulties faced by female pioneers to take their place in professional sports, as Prygoski provides a quick history of women's basketball in the U.S. Personally, i wish the book had gone into much greater detail about this subject. The book primarily caters to sports afficionados. Prygoski provides game-by-game coverage of several seasons as the Detroit Shock start off with a jolt, lose their footing, and then come back with a roar in the 2003 Season when they swept the championship. In the final chapter, Prygoski switches to announcer-mode, and gives play-by-play coverage of the most important games. As one who is primarily interested in women's history, i still found myself caught up in the enthusiasm. The book is a brief 72 pages, but it is a fun and fascinating read.