BASKETBALL: DREAM GIRLS

THE U.S. WOMEN MAY WIN NOT ONLY OLYMPIC GOLD BUT THE HEARTS OF SPORTS FANS OF ALL AGES--AND GENDERS

This is how it starts. A girl grows up in Southern California. Really grows up. By the seventh grade she is 6 ft. tall. By the eighth grade she is 6 ft. 2 in. A friend asks her to play basketball for the school. She has no female role models for this, so James Worthy, the Los Angeles Laker star, becomes her role model. "I loved James," she says, "because he was the player other players would go to when they needed a basket." Senior year in high school she scores 101 points in one game. In a single half. She...

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