The 3-point shot has become a primary weapon in all of basketball and is being heavily taken advantage by teams and players. In the women’s basketball, the 3-point line is as crucial, with teams using it in their game plans to help bury opponents.
There’s since been a reaction to the reliance of shots from beyond the arc. The NCAA Women’s Basketball Rules Committee is looking to use the international 3-point line in exhibition games this season.
The international 3-point line is 22-feet-1.75-inches. Opposite that, the line in NCAA Women’s Basketball games is 20-feet-9-inches. Obviously, there’s a difference that could impact the game dramatically.
Players and coaches have become better at utilizing the 3-point line to space the floor. Brad Duckworth, who is the rules committee chair, is noticing this development as well.
In a statement back in May, Duckworth said, “The game is developing, and we are always interested in what that would do for spacing and flow of the game. We believe that it will not diminish 3-point field goal attempts and that our women are capable of adjusting to that distance.”
We’ll see how well the players will adjust in the exhibition games.
Using the feedback from schools who will see the change in the 3-point line in the preseason games, the committee will decide whether to implement the change. It is a regular practice in college basketball to use those sort of games to allow theoretical rule changes be showcased, allowing for an actual sample-size of evidence to be drawn from to make a more educated conclusion on what will happen if a change is made.
The fact this is even under consideration goes to show you how much of a weapon the 3-point shot has become.
Last season, Florida Gulf Coast University led the country in 3-point field goals attempted with 1,190 attempts. The season before, Sacramento State led the country with 1,094 attempts from 3-point range.
That’s right. FGCU shot 96 more threes this past season than the 2016-2017 leader. Only one team has been in the top three the past two seasons, along with FGCU, and that’s Saint Francis (PA).
The Red Flash have shot an average 1,112 3-point field goals the past two seasons. The team from Loretto, Pennsylvania also has the player who was in the top three in 3-point field goals attempted per game and 3-point field goals made. Jessica Kovatch shot 4.15 attempts from 3-point range and made 141 3-pointers.
The 3-point shot is a key part in offenses opening the floor up to do more against opposing defenses. From dribble drives to post ups, the 3-pointer is essential. With the way teams are utilizing it, it would not be a bad idea to expand the line.
If they expand the line, the offenses will expand as well.
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