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Houston Wins Women’s Super Bowl

January 21, 2001

PASADENA, Texas (AP) _ There weren’t any police escorts to the game. Or multimillion dollar halftime performances. Or even in-depth television coverage.

But the game played on a chilly Texas Saturday night was still called the Super Bowl. The Women’s Super Bowl, that is.

The Houston Energy (8-2) beat the New England Storm 39-7 before 2,000 rowdy fans for the first Women’s Professional Football League Championship.

About 440 women make up the 11-team league and still work full-time as doctors, lawyers, housewives and police officers. They practice twice a week and for $50 a game, trying to create another opportunity for women in professional sports in America.

``I’d play for nothing,″ said Energy running back Stacy Agee, who scored three touchdowns. ``It’s almost enough to just have this chance.″

The chance almost didn’t come. The league ran out of money midway through the season and had to do a hurry-up finish just to complete play. Games normally scheduled as regular-season games were suddenly playoff games, and the Energy played its American Conference championship game in early December.

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