Oswego Normal women's basketball team from 1905

Then: While the early days of the Oswego Normal School encouraged recreation, official opportunities for team sports were few and far between. This 1905 women's basketball squad had to deal with the constraints of baggy clothes including bloomers and boots not suited for the occasion. A 1901 Oswego Daily Palladium account of an intramural game noted the difficulty of other garb: "It was discernible at a glance that the playing of the girls was hampered to an extent by the skirts, short as they were, and among the audience considerable comment was made because bloomers, minus the skirt, were not used, as in other cities." (Photo from Penfield Library's Special Collections)

Women's hockey team gathers before game

Now: After nearly 110 years contained to club and intramural sports, women's varsity sports at Oswego and elsewhere earned a boost from federal Title IXlegislation in 1972. Forty years later, Laker women compete in 11 varsity sports, with the women's hockey team (shown here preparing for a game against Neumann) winning its first playoff game last weekend since the sport's return in 2006-07. The fourth-seeded Lakers travel to the ECAC Women's West Frozen Four at RIT, playing Plattsburgh at 5 p.m. Saturday. Women's teams have earned their share of success, including the Laker women's basketball team reaching the NCAA Tournament twice in the past decade and student-athletes earning All-American honors in several sports. Learn more about how sports have evolved -- for women and men -- in the latest episode of "The Story of SUNY Oswego" documentary, Athletic Spirit. (Tim Nekritz photo)