In 1891, the University of California played the first women's interinstitutional game. Women's basketball began in 1892 at Smith College for women. the first women’s basketball game started on March 21, 1893. Her rules were first published in 1899. . By 1895, the game had become famouse to colleges across the country, including Wellesley, Vassar. The first intercollegiate women's game was on April 4, 1896. Stanford women played Berkeley, 9-on-9, ending in a 2–1 Stanford victory.
Women's basketball development was more structured than that for men in the starting years. In 1905,(National Women's Basketball Committee) was formed by the American Physical Education Association. These rules were for six to nine players per team and 11 officials. The International Women's Sports Federation (1924) made a women's basketball competition. 37 women's high school varsity basketball or state tournaments were held in 1925. And in 1926, the Amateur Athletic Union backed the firstnational women's basketball championship, complete with men's rules. The Grads toured all over North America, and were exceptionally successful. They posted a record of 522 wins and only 20 losses over that span,
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