Mar 22 2010
The rapid evolution of Women’s College Basketball is going unnoticed, by and large due to the fact it lacks mainstream popularity. The men’s game has changed more over the past few years, but it is the women’s game that has seen a dramatic turn. Unfortunately, it’s not “all good”.
One of the positives has been increased athleticism. The athletes in today’s women’s game can jump higher and run faster without sacrificing talent level. This has made for more excitement. Dunking has become more prominent in the game. We went from Lisa Leslie dunking in a game being a huge deal to women having a dunk contest in practice for fun. One can only assume that dunks will be a common part of a woman’s game shortly.
One of the negatives has been the increased frequency of physical altercations. This year in particular the game has been marred by several fights. The most popular was the Britney Griner incident. There have been more technicals, and ejections this year than in past years. There was also a pre-game incident between Louisville and Georgetown.
Is there a correlation between the to; I’ll say maybe. Time will tell. For all the good changes, there has to be some bad ones as well, unfortunately. The bottomline is; as long as UCONN is dominating and the games aren’t drawing crowds all of these changes, good and bad, will go unnoticed.
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