Senda Berenson Abbott

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Senda Berenson Abbott (March 19, 1868 – February 16, 1954) was a figure of women's basketball and the author of the first Basketball Guide for Women[1] (1901–07). She was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor on July 1, 1985, the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1987,[2] and the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999.[3][4]

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Senda Berenson
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March 19, 1868 (1868-03-19)
DiedFebruary 16, 1954 (1954-02-17) (aged 85)
Known forPioneering women's basketball
RelativesBernard Berenson (brother)

Berenson was the first person to introduce and adapt rules for women's basketball to Smith College in 1899, modifying the existing men's rules.[4]

Abbott was the sister of the art historian Bernard Berenson and a great-great-aunt of Berry Berenson and Marisa Berenson.