Shank played for the Mighty Macs of Immaculata College, a tiny women-only school in Pennsylvania. The NCAA women’s basketball tournament started in 1982 (the men’s tournament started in 1939). However, from 1972 to 1981, women’s college basketball teams played for the national championship in something called the AIAW Women’s Basketball Tournament. Women’s college basketball and the AIAW tournament were very different from today’s NCAA tournament with its big schools and big arenas packed with cheering crowds. Now some women’s college basketball coaches make more than $1 million a year.
Source: Washington Post March 13, 2019 20:37 UTC