Women's Basketball participate in NCAA three-point rule experiment
Athletics - posted on 11/19/2010
The Lakeland College women's basketball team joined programs across the country this preseason in examining an NCAA Women's Basketball Rules Committee's new experimental rule changing the distance of the 3-point line.
All teams were asked to participate in research examining the distance of the three-point line. The NCAA is collecting data on shooting percentages from both the men's and women's 3-point lines.
In order to obtain this data, teams were asked to record shooting percentages from the men's line only and the women's line only from one 2010 home exhibition game or one 40-minute, game-like scrimmage.
Lakeland did its part when it hosted Cardinal Stritch University in a 40-minute game-like scrimmage in the preseason. In the scrimmage, the teams combined to make eight of 24 shots (33 percent) from behind the men's 3-point line and seven of 14 shots (50 percent) from behind the women's line, but in front of the men's line.
Lakeland head coach Teri Johnson said she would like to keep the line at its current spot.
"Based off the stats from our game, I wouldn't prefer the change," Johnson said. "From the players' standpoint, I don't know that it's a big deal. If you are good enough, you will come off a screen and make the shot, no matter where the line is. I don't see a problem with two lines on the floor, and, at this level, I believe the line should stay where it is."
Lakeland junior Erin Cepa believes that removing the women's 3-point line would have a major impact late in games.
"I don't really notice the location of the line," Cepa said. "If I feel comfortable with the distance, I just shoot it. I think most girls like having that extra foot. It would be a big factor late in games when players get tired and legs are fatigued. That extra step is the difference between three points and an air ball."
The NCAA Women's Basketball Rules Committee isn't planning to make a decision in the near future. However, when it comes to Lakeland women's basketball, the vote is no.
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