We have presented the views of Geno Auriemma and DePaul coach Doug Bruno on the issue of lowering the rim from 10 feet as a means to help improve women’s basketball.
As for two of the women who coach the game…
Cheryl Reeve, coach of the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx, 2011 champions, 2012 finalist.
In a tweet:
“Considering all options to grow our game is a must. Lowering the rim can be considered. But widening the minds of the many would go a long way, too.”
Yale coach Chris Gobrecht, coach for 29 years, also at Washington and Cal State-Fullerton.
“I didn’t think there was anything wrong with UConn’s shooting percentage,” Gobrecht laughed. “But as someone who has been in the game for a long time, I believe one of the mistakes we have made is the idea that we supposed to be more like the men. It’s a huge mistake which I believe is crippling the WNBA, to some extent. I don’t why we insist on comparing our game to the men’s game. There is no reason for us to be a cheap version of the men’s game. The beauty of our game is that it is a different game. We’re not going to look like the men, so why play a game that suits their style? We need to play one that suits us. We need to play to our strengths.
“I don’t understand why we feel the need for women to dunk. I don’t think dunking helps either the men or women’s game. … But why would the rules committee consider that when it just moved the three-point line further out [to equal the men]. It would be contradictory.”