Women's basketball

basketball played by women

Women's basketball is a sport for women. The rules are the same as men's basketball, but the ball is smaller. It is popular in colleges, universities, and professionally.[1][2]

Women's basketball

Different rules change

Modern rules for women's basketball are much the same as those for men's basketball, with a few changes.

Basketball size change

The correct size for the ball in WNBA (Women's National Basketball Association) rules is 28.5 inches (72.4 cm) in circumference. This is 1.00 inch (2.54 cm) smaller than the NBA ball. From 2004, this size is used for all professional women's competitions around the world.

Court dimensions change

The three-point line (a line from which a ball thrown into the basket is worth three points) is 22 feet and 1.75 inches (6.75 m) from the middle of the basket in WNBA competition. Also, there is no block/charge arc under the basket.

Shot clock change

The WNBA and Women's NCAA college basketball use a 30-second shot clock. NBA basketball uses a 24-second shot clock.

Game clock change

Basketball is normally played in four 12 minute quarters. WNBA games are played in four 10 minute quarters.

Levels of competition change

College change

Women's basketball is very popular in colleges in North America. It is sponsored by athletics associations (groups that help organize sports). The most important competition is organized by a group called the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association), and the winner is called the 'national champion'.

The 2022-23 national champion was the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.

American Professional Leagues change

Women's Pro Basketball League change

The Women's Professional Basketball League (WBL) was a professional women's basketball league in the United States. The league played three seasons from the fall of 1978 to the spring of 1981. The league is the first American professional women's basketball league.

Women's Basketball Association change

The Women's Basketball Association (WBA) was a professional women's basketball league in the United States. The league played three seasons from the summer of 1993 to the summer of 1995. The league is said to be the first American professional women's basketball league to be played in Summer.

American Basketball League change

The American Basketball League was started in 1996 because the Olympics made people more interested in basketball. The league played two full seasons (1996-97 and 1997-98) and started a third (1998-99) before it ended in 1998.

Women's National Basketball Association change

The Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) is a group that organizes professional basketball games for women. It is like the NBA (National Basketball Association), but for women. It was started in 1996.

Related pages change

References change

  1. "History of Women's Basketball". WNBA.com - Official Site of the WNBA. Retrieved 2021-05-07.
  2. Grundy, Pamela; Shackelford, Susan (2017-11-01). Shattering the Glass: The Remarkable History of Women's Basketball. UNC Press Books. ISBN 978-1-4696-2601-7.