SEWARD, Neb. – A number of rules changes will impact all levels of collegiate women’s basketball, beginning this season. Most notably, games will now be broken down by quarters instead of halves. Such changes were instituted by the NCAA and adopted by the NAIA. Below is a rundown of the most pertinent rules changes for 2015-16. To view a more detailed breakdown, click HERE.
Women’s basketball rules changes:
Olson believes these rules will have minimal impact on his team. However, he has been familiarizing his squad with the four-quarter configuration by separating scrimmages into quarters. In addition, he says that Concordia’s signature pressure defense will have to limit bonus fouls that now result in two shots on every trip to the free throw line.
“We actually haven’t talked about the changes,” Olson said. “I wrote an email informing them of the changes, but I’m not sure how big of a factor it’s going to be. The four quarters just mean you get the timeout at the 10-minute mark. It’s the same length of game. I think the fouls and the bonus is a little bit interesting because we are an aggressive team. We have to be a little bit careful that we don’t get into that early in a quarter, but we do get the benefit of fouls starting over each quarter. It is more high risk, high reward because you will be giving up two free throws as opposed to the one-and-one.”
Famed University of Connecticut women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma provided public support for the adoption of the rules changes, saying they are a “great step forward for our game.” Auriemma applauded the rules in the way that they more closely match professional and international standards in an increasingly globalized sport.
Concordia senior forward Becky Mueller says the changes will take some getting used to
“In the summer and preseason I didn’t think about it much, but lately in practice we’ve been trying to implement some of those things,” Mueller said. “When we’re scrimmaging we’ll go four quarters and Coach has been calling some fouls in practice just to get us used to how tight they’re going to call it and getting us in the mindset that we only have five fouls before they shoot. It’s definitely different, but it will be fun playing in a scrimmage when we actually have the rules.”
Mueller and the Bulldogs are scheduled to officially open up their season on Nov. 6 when they take on Mayville State University (N.D.) as part of the two-day, 16th annual Cattle Classic hosted by Concordia.