1974 marked a turning point for the women of
years of playing intramural sports on campus, the doors finally opened
for them to compete in intercollegiate games — and create a women’s
Former Physical Education Professor Diane Daniels became the driving force behind the women’s program at
Much has changed in 35 years, but the strengths that defined those early grassroots teams still characterize Hilltopper women’s athletics today:
Today, the Hilltopper women’s athletics program is a dominating presence in the NCAA Division II Heartland Conference, fielding teams in six sports and competing for national titles.
“Being a college athlete is something to be proud of,” says Sara Head ’10,
Hilltopper women’s basketball team starter and field goal leader. Head knows her pride is owed in part to the early
trailblazing women athletes of
Hilltopper women’s soccer midfielder Mallory Roberts ’09 says the 35th anniversary
is important to her
because, “It represents the struggles women’s athletics have overcome at
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