9 Top Universities for Women’s Sports

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Women’s sports are becoming more dominant on the college level.  With women like Elizabeth Tucker, Alexa Baltes and Marisa Bast dominating their respective sports and killing it in the classroom, more young women are choosing to pursue sports in college.  If you’re looking for a good program for women’s sports, we’ve put together a list of the ten top universities for women’s sports.

Duke, Durham, NC.

Duke is a private research university, and their women’s basketball program is top notch.  Head coach Joanne P. McCallie has a seven year record of 202-42. In 2013 they had a 28-7 record. The women’s basketball program at Duke was established in 1975, and the team has gone to the NCAA finals 21 times since then, the last time in 2014. The program is ranked number 9 by AP and number 13 by USA Today. More than twenty Duke players have moved on to the WNBA since 1997. Other women’s programs at Duke include soccer, rowing, and golf. Duke has a colorful history, starting in 1938 as a subscription (private) school called Brown’s Schoolhouse. The school was originally started by Methodists and Quakers in Trinity, NC. The school opened its’ doors to women in 1900, when a leading contributor, Washington Duke, tied that stipulation to his donations. The school, called Trinity at the time, was renamed in 1924 to honor the generosity of Washington Duke and his son, James B. Duke. Academically, the Duke program host international students, and has produced 43 Rhodes scholars. While the university has a long, ongoing relationship with the United Methodist Church, they are a nonsectarian school.