Thirteen Women Strong: The Making of a Team chronicles the 2006--2007 season of the Northern Kentucky University women's basketball team. Led by a core of upperclassmen and revered head coach Nancy Winstel, the NKU Norse rallied to yet another remarkable season despite injuries and early losses. Author Robert K. Wallace was granted unparalleled access and followed the players through practices, drills, emotional meetings, and, of course, heart-stopping play. Including compelling interviews with the players themselves, Thirteen Women Strong welcomes readers into the lives of young women whose world is made up of equal parts pressure and accomplishment.
Robert K. Wallace, Regents Professor of Literature at Northern Kentucky University, is the author of numerous books.
"The personal dynamics as these girls developed into a team and as they face the pressure of tournament play, the place of women's athletics on the college campus and in the world of NCAA Division II, and Winstel's philosophy of coaching and her leadership style make this an important contribution in the literature of college sports." -- Kentucky Kaleidoscope "One of loss, triumph, and personal growth.... Thirteen Women Strong is a fascinating study of this dynamic group of female student-athletes and their renowned leader." -- NACWAA "[An] ingenious portrayal of dynamic leadership, sportsmanship, and teamwork." -- Northern Kentucky Heritage "The power of this book is how basketball shapes the lives of the young women who play it. Wallace, a literature professor at Northern Kentucky, chronicles his school's women's team during the 2006-2007 season, journaling readers through wins, losses, injuries, teachable moments and individual epiphanies." -- Champion "These student-athletes embody, in a more dramatic and public way, the internal strength and dedication required by any student who wants to get the most from his or her college experience." -- NKU Book Connection " Thirteen Women Strong is a fascinating study of a dynamic set of student athletes and their legendary leader. Wallace goes beyond wins and losses to write a tale about the enduring themes of strength, leadership, and teamwork." -- Inside Your Town "Dr. Wallace's narrative is sprinkled with insightful literary gems--literary 3-pointers, if you will--that charm the reader and lift this story above the plethora of 'as told to' books on sports celebrities and star-crossed seasons." -- J. Patrick Moynahan, Vice Provost, Northern Kentucky University "This fluid, eloquent tribute to the joys and sorrow often associated with the learning process offers a variety of life lessons for everyone, especially young adults searching for identity and purpose, through the grace and powers of thirteen student-athletes who grow physically, emotionally, and intellectually on nearly every page." -- Ron Ellis, editor of Of Woods & Waters: A Kentucky Outdoors Reader