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Downtown Girls Basketball is a glamorous squad of models, creatives

People stop and stare — and often sneak photos during games. But the women of Downtown Girls Basketball are used to it. The all-female team, which is made up of models, artists, filmmakers, gallerists, authors and fashion designers, meets every Tuesday evening at a court in Tribeca, to play full-court, 5-on-5 basketball. There are no refs, no foul calls and no timeouts. “Fashion Week can be a little thin because everyone is working,” captain Aria McManus said of the glamorous squad she founded seven years ago. The graphic designer from the Lower East Side admits she’s not very good at basketball, so the city’s more “serious” women’s teams — which often require big fees, uniforms and a major time commitment — felt ...