Dust Bowl Girls

Lydia Reeder
Author Lydia Reeder discusses her book about an unlikely women’s basketball powerhouse at a tiny Oklahoma college that lent hope and inspiration to a state beset by the Dust Bowl and nation in the grips of the Great Depression.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Reception: 
6 pm
Program: 
6:30 pm
Event Audio
They were unlikely heroes at a time – amid the nation’s Great Depression and added regional scourges of the Dust Bowl – when hope and inspiration was scarce. Sam Babb, the women’s basketball coach at tiny Oklahoma Presbyterian College, set out to build a championship team, and scoured the state to recruit the players he needed.
 
It begot a powerhouse that won 89 consecutive games from 1931-34, earning two AAU national championships and a North American title and giving the state and country a needed sliver of cheer. That, in an era when women’s sports frequently were dismissed as unhealthy and unladylike.
 
Author Lydia Reeder, the coach’s grandniece, recounts this uplifting story in a discussion of her new book Dust Bowl Girls: The Inspiring Story of the Team That Barnstormed Its Way to Basketball Glory. The event is co-presented by Rainy Day Books.