As we celebrate Women’s History Month and look forward to the UToledo women’s third-round WNIT game at 8 p.m. Thursday at Marquette, we look back to when and where it all it started: fall of 1922 at the YWCA in downtown Toledo. There were 14 women at the basketball team’s first practice. A year later, the turnout more than doubled to 35. The basketball program was not only the first women’s sport at the University, it also was the beginning of a new era.
Through the team’s success and the creation of UToledo’s Women’s Athletic Association, there were eight intercollegiate sports for women by 1923, including swimming, tennis, hiking, baseball, field hockey and cross country.