A women’s basketball pioneer in the roaring twenties, she never scored a single point.
Born August 17, 1910 in Mulberry, Kansas, Agnes Iori-Robertson made history as one of the greatest players in women’s basketball history.
During the roaring twenties, women’s basketball was a major attraction in Mulberry, where Iori-Robertson played for four years as part of “The Golden Cyclone” team. At a time when women in sports were a rare breed, the Cyclone broke boundaries, winning the Women’s National Basketball Tournament in 1931.
After a brief respite attending Pittsburgh Business College, Iori-Robertson returned to the game for another basketball season. After six history-making years, she ended her basketball career in March 1932. Iori-Robertson had been selected for the All-American basketball squad for a record six years in a row.
It’s worth noting that despite her acclaimed stint as an All-American guard, she owns the distinction of never scoring a single point in her illustrious career. At the time Iori-Robertson played, guards were not allowed to travel past half court. She more than made up for it with her adept ball-handling and defense.
Iori-Robertson was elected to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1989