Illinois athletes have mixed feelings about ‘Lady’ moniker in sports team names – Chicago Tribune

When Northern Illinois women’s basketball coach Lisa Carlsen was a player from 1988-92, her college had two different names for the basketball teams.

The Northwest Missouri State men’s team was nicknamed the Bearcats.

The women’s team was nicknamed the Bearkittens.

“At the time, I didn’t (care). I absolutely would now,” Carlsen said. “I absolutely would think it’s the dumbest thing I ever heard now, but at the time, I didn’t.”

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