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While Eastin says she has dealt with sexism during her career, she doesn’t harp on it. Plus, players, coaches and other officials have been supportive _ for the most part.

“I am sure everyone knows there will be some of that along the way,” she said, referring to sexism. “I try to stick with people who want me to succeed, not the people who don’t want a woman to succeed.”

Can she succeed? Eastin insists she has no back-down in her makeup.

“I’ll be working even harder,” she said, “to show I am capable and I am where I should be.”


AP Sports Writer Ronald Blum in New York contributed to this story.