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Arguably the greatest women's basketball player to step onto the court and the first woman to be head coach of a professional men's team, Nancy Lieberman has accomplished it all throughout her career. Her experience is unrivaled, and in Basketball for Women, she's sharing her secrets, insights, and advice with you.
Inside you'll find comprehensive coverage on all aspects of the game:
- More than 100 drills to fine-tune essential skills, including ball handling, shooting, and rebounding
- Defensive techniques and strategies to shut down any opponent
- The best offensive plays for scoring in any situation
- Tips for getting the most of your practice time
- Exercises and programs for peak physical conditioning
In addition, Basketball for Women takes you inside the huddles, and into the locker room, as Nancy provides advice on developing a winning attitude and becoming a complete team player.
To be your best, learn from the best! With Nancy Lieberman's Basketball for Women, you will master the skills, elevate your play, and reach your potential.
Chapter 1. Taking Your Game to the Next Level
Chapter 2. Developing a Winning Attitude
Chapter 3. Training for the Game
Chapter 4. Becoming an Offensive Threat
Chapter 5. Shooting the Lights Out
Chapter 6. Getting Open and Being a Threat Without the Ball
Chapter 7. Dribbling—What’s Your Handle?
Chapter 8. Passing and Catching Turnover-Free
Chapter 9. Becoming a Defensive Stopper
Chapter 10. Owning the Boards
Chapter 11. Becoming the Complete Player
Nancy Lieberman is regarded as one of the greatest figures in women's basketball. Inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 1996 and into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999, Lieberman is an accomplished basketball player, coach, two-time Olympian, broadcaster, and writer.
A native of Queens, New York, Nancy played hoops on the Harlem courts and developed a tough style of basketball that led her to one of the most distinguished careers in basketball history. At the age of 18, she became the youngest basketball player in Olympic history to win a silver medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics. From 1976 to 1980, Lieberman attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, where she and her team won two consecutive Association of Intercollegiate Athletics of Women (AIAW) National Championships (1979 and 1980) and compiled a 72-2 record.
In January 1997, at the age of 38, Lieberman was drafted in the inaugural season by the Women’s National Basketball Association’s (WNBA) Phoenix Mercury. During her professional career, she averaged 15.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game. In 1998, she was hired as the general manager and head coach of the WNBA’s Detroit Shock, a team she coached for three seasons. Lieberman again made history on July 24, 2008, by coming out of retirement and signing to play for the Detroit Shock of the WNBA, becoming the oldest player in the history of the league at the young age of 50. She broke the previous record of 39 years of age, which Nancy herself established as a member of the Phoenix Mercury in 1997.
In November 2009, Nancy Lieberman became the first woman to coach a professional men's basketball team, the Texas Legends, an affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks. In 2011 she stepped away from her coaching duties to join the front office for the Texas Legends. Lieberman currently lives in Dallas, Texas.
“Nancy Lieberman's accomplishments in sport have been groundbreaking and historic. Basketball for Women is another major achievement. Learn the game from one of the all-time greats.”
Rick Carlisle --Head Coach of the NBA Dallas Mavericks
“Nancy’s experiences coaching at the NBA D-league level enable her to add terminology and skills and drills that will benefit young athletes as well as older and more experienced athletes.”
Alvin Gentry --Head Coach of the NBA Phoenix Suns
“Insightful look at how to make improvements in your game whether you are a coach, mentor, athlete, or parent. I have been Nancy’s teammate and coach, and she delivers in all areas.”
Pat Summitt --Head Basketball Coach, University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers
“Basketball for Women is an excellent guide that will take female athletes’ games to the next level.”
Jenny Boucek --Assistant Coach of the WNBA Seattle Storm
“There are countless resources out there that teach basketball tips. Basketball for Women takes a different approach. This guide provides basketball enthusiasts with an amazing array of easy to more complex drills, skills, and techniques.”
Vinny Del Negro -- Head Coach of the NBA Los Angeles Clippers
"Lieberman has done it again. When you look at a book that covers all aspects of the game, this is a must-have! From beginners to advanced players, there is something for everyone. "
Tamika Catchings -- Indiana Fever, Olympic Gold Medalist (2004, 2008), WNBA Defensive Player of the Year Award Winner (2005, 2006, 2009, 2010)