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Nancy Lieberman Helps Men's Pro Team Win

June 07, 1986|Associated Press

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — Nancy Lieberman, the former Old Dominion All-American guard and 1976 U.S. Olympian, became the first woman to play in a men's professional basketball league game Friday, helping the Springfield Fame to a 135-115 exhibition victory over the Westchester Golden Apples.

Lieberman, who announced last week that she had signed with the Fame of the 2-year-old United States Basketball League, a minor summer league, played the entire second and fourth quarters, scoring 10 points with 2 assists.

Lynette Woodard became the first woman to play with a professional men's team when she signed last year with the Harlem Globetrotters.

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