Women’s Point Of View On Lowering The Rim

by Categorized: 2013 NCAA Tournament, Cheryl Reeve, Minnesota Lynx, UConn women's basketball, Yale women's basketball Date:

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.”


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4 thoughts on “Women’s Point Of View On Lowering The Rim

  1. Palimpesst

    Chris is very enlightened. What’s beautiful about the WOMENS game is –IT’S THE WOMENS game.

    Geno complained about WOMEN CAN’T SHOOT LAYUP’S. Why then do all the coaches that play UCONN say to their players: “We don’t want to turn this into a Layup exhibition”. How many times have we heard or read that one??
    Geno certainly isn’t an expert on layups. John told us today that Tina and Asya Jones can’t shoot lay ups. Just think the two in the WNBA who can’t shoot layups were coached by Geno. What does that say.
    Any coach worth his salt (as Jim Calhoun or Ollie) will say that making lay ups is all about concentration. AS is taking the 3 ball shot and thinking about getting hit.
    Focus all your attention on the rim. Expect to take a shot (to the ribs or head) and don’t take your attention away from the rim. Get a proper angle. Don’t layup from the front of the rim. But focus is a must. Want some one to work with your players on Layups Geno??? I’m sure Jim will volunteer.

    1. BH

      I don’t care if Breanna Stewart can’t dunk. If I wanted to watch a dunking contest I’d watch men’s BB. I agree 100% with Yale’s coach Chris Gobrecht, “There is no reason for us to be a cheap version of the men’s game”

      1. Ashley

        If women could dunk I’d be a season’s ticket holder. I want to be entertained.

        Watching women’s basketball right now is like watching the LPGA if the easier “womans tees” didn’t exist — too long, too difficult, and too dull to watch.

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