Women's basketball started in 1892, one year after the invention
of the game. Senda Berenson, a physical education teacher at Smith
College, amended some of the rules for women. The first game using
her rules was in 1893 when a team of her freshman students played a
team of her sophomore students.
They started to change in the late forty's outlawing zoned
defenses. This is most likely do to the fact that their are way
more advantages to zone like packing in the defense so the offence
has to make long shots and the three point line wasn't introduced
to the mid-seventy's.