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For Smith College, an unlikely trip to NCAA Tournament

NORTHAMPTON — The antique basketball uniforms — bloomers and all — have been discarded in the bowels of Smith College. The students no longer annually reenact the first women’s game ever played, though it was a fitting tribute at a school known far more for its academics than its athletics — a celebration of basketball history at a school without much of a basketball present.

That has changed over the past few years, culminating in Smith College’s first-ever bid to the women’s Division 3 NCAA Tournament, which begins Friday at the University of Southern Maine.

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