Oscar-Shortlisted Doc ‘The Queen Of Basketball’ Tells Story Of Forgotten GOAT Of Women’s Game: “She Was Absolutely Extraordinary”

Oscar-Shortlisted Doc ‘The Queen Of Basketball’ Tells Story Of Forgotten GOAT Of Women’s Game: “She Was Absolutely Extraordinary”

Ben Proudfoot, The New York Times Op-Docs

1/17/2022 8:00:00 PM

Oscar-Shortlisted Doc ‘ The Queen Of Basketball ’ Tells Story Of Forgotten GOAT Of Women’s Game: “She Was Absolutely Extraordinary”

In the mid-1970s when the horn sounded for a Delta State University Lady Statesmen’s basketball game, center Luisa “Lucy” Harris could not be stopped. “The pass comes into No. 45 in the lane, she s…

That scene was repeated over and over again as she led her team to three straight college national championships, earning tournament MVP each time. Not only that, when the Olympics finally added women’s basketball in 1976, she scored the first points in competition history, and led the U.S. women to the silver medal at the Montreal games.

Despite earning her place in the hoops hall, Harris’s incredible accomplishments have largely been forgotten—even the remarkable fact that she became the first and only woman ever officially drafted by an NBA team (chosen in 1977 by the New Orleans Jazz). But the Oscar-shortlisted short documentary

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