For many years there was always a small group of individuals dissatisfied with the state of basketball at UT, urging for more intercollegiate competition and physicality. During the early 1940s, small changes were being made to the game elsewhere to make the sport less constricted, more like the men’s game. Hisswas well aware of such changes and for many years stood strong against varsity teams and outside competition. Following World War II, Hiss did permit corecreational sports and incorporated “play days” where women and teams from different schools would gather for a weekend of competition and socializing.
Photo credit: H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports, Anna Hiss Collection