If Not For Them

Social media is filled with images of  women’s basketball players showcasing their athletic prowess, along with their off-court ventures. NBA players are celebrating the success of their female counterparts while sponsors and sports fans are more interested than ever. Women athletes are using their platforms to become influencers, build their careers and battle for social justice while college women’s basketball coaches are commanding multi-million dollar contracts. 

But, it hasn’t always been this way.

So, we’re working on a documentary series to share the story of how the foundation was built for college women’s basketball. It’s the story of the forgotten women who changed the world through the love of their sport. More information is coming soon on how to get involved. Be sure to follow Brenda on Twitter @brendavanlengen and Facebook @BrendaVanLengenBroadcaster and Instagram @BrendaVanLengenTV for more details.

2016-17 Thank You

As a sports broadcaster over the last 22 years, I’ve had the great honor and pleasure to tell the stories and describe the strategies of the players, coaches and teams in women’s basketball. Another season has come to a close for me and I want to thank all the coaches, players, media relations directors, fans, announce partners, coordinating producers (the people that hire me!), game producers and production crews with whom I worked this year that have made this year so special.


It is a great privilege to be courtside to observe some of the greatest athletes and brilliant coaches compete at the highest level. There were last second buzzer beaters, pounding, yet skillful post play, as well as athletic and crafty guard play. Players diving on the floor, stretching their bodies to their physical limits…playing for the love of the game, the love of their teammates and to accomplish things together with teammates, more than they could ever do themselves.


It is important to me to be careful in telling their stories – to promote the positive, to elevate their stories, to describe things that aren’t always obvious but important to the success of a team, to ultimately draw people to appreciate and support this great sport.


These young women are the future leaders of our country. Through competition on the basketball court, hard work in the classroom and contributions to their communities, they’ve learned valuable lessons in leadership, communication, sacrifice, encouragement, teamwork, focusing on an assignment, battling through adversity, exhibiting humility in success and enjoying the moment.


Though I do not have the connection with, or the influence on, the student-athletes that the coaches do that work with them every day, I know their stories, I see their tremendous sacrifice and hard work and I care about each and every one of them. I appreciate so much when I get a hug or a thank you from the athletes or their parents and got tears in my eyes recently at the Big 12 tournament when one player ran across the court after practice to say to me “I just love you Miss Brenda.”


I’m reflecting today on the seniors that played the last game of their careers in the last couple of weeks. They have given all of us so much and I wish each of them the best life has to offer as they journey to the next chapter of their lives.


It is my passion and purpose to draw people to women’s basketball and everything that makes it so amazing. My hope is you’ll share the things that you love about women’s basketball with others in your life. It is so much more than just a game – it is friendship, competition, accomplishment, strategy, exceeding expectations, overcoming obstacles, cooperation, sacrifice and love. Thank you for joining me on this journey.