Women’s hoops in Philly has a storied history with names like South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley and Chicago Sky guard Kahleah Copper, and the Danny Rumph Classic is doing its job to celebrate the ladies by holding its first-ever Women’s Pro Showcase.
Former Harlem Globetrotter Brittany Hrynko and USC product Aliyah Jeune led Primetime Development over Philadelphia natives Amiyah Holmes and Ayanna Mazyck and For the Love of Basketball 49-44.
Ayana Howard, one of the organizers of the Women’s Showcase, talked to the Rumph Media Team about the process, what it means to see women in The Rumph Classic and what makes Philly women’s hoops special to her.
Participating in The Rumph Classic means a lot to these women and displaying women’s Philly hoops is what it’s about.
“I’m glad I came out here and able to hoop and show what Philadelphia girls’ basketball is really about,” Holmes said.
Holmes played her high school ball at West Catholic before attending CCBC Essex. She currently plays for Monroe College.
The inclusion of women has been something that has been discussed for some time and for it to come to fruition is something that these women appreciate.
“[The Danny Rumph Classic] has been going on for years and [Mike Morak] always wants a female to play on the men’s team,” Hrynko said. “Having a women’s showcase itself is great.”