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Jennifer VanGilder


This project is divided into two sections. The first section is a comparison between the NBA and WNBA, using performance metrics from game statistics. I researched the history of women in sports and specifically read about how women first became integrated into the game of soccer. In the regression for section one, we used a few selected performance metrics and minutes in order to observe any relationships between specific skills and minutes. We also focused on the difference between the leagues in terms of what game stats are more or less significant.

In the second section of this paper, we were researching the sunk cost fallacy and its effects in the NBA. The reason we were not able to also incorporate the WNBA is that the salary data on the women is not readily available. The focus of this section was on what exactly the sunk cost fallacy is, how it comes into play in the decisions in the NBA, and if we can see its effect on the salary and performance metrics of the players.


Presented as part of the Ursinus College Celebration of Student Achievement (CoSA) held April 22, 2021.

The downloadable file is a poster with research findings.

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