New Rules Alter the Game for KU Women’s Hoops
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Recruiting and preparations for the upcoming season weren’t the only tasks highlighted during the offseason, as the NCAA modified several rules, giving collegiate women’s basketball a new look in 2015-16.
“I do like all the rule changes in terms of speeding up the game,” said head coach Brandon Schneider. “We want to make our game as fan friendly as possible. All the different committees that are responsible for some of these changes are doing an excellent job.”
The most noticeable difference for coaches, players and fans this year is the move from two 20-minute halves to four 10-minute quarters.
In the past, the seventh team foul would result in the opponents being awarded a one-and-one situation at the free throw line. Once the 10th team foul was reached, the opponent was awarded a double bonus at the free throw and shot two free throws. With the new rules, teams are awarded two free throws for each common foul beginning with the fifth team foul in a period, eliminating one-and-one free throws.
Another new rule to the college game, but has been used in professional leagues, is the advancement of the ball when timeouts are called in the final minute of a game. The rule states that when a timeout is charged to the offensive team during the final 59.9 seconds of the fourth period and/or any extra periods, the team has the option to advance the throw-in spot to the 28-foot mark in the frontcourt on the same side of the court as the scorer’s table.
During games that utilize electronic-media timeouts, which is the case for a majority of KU women’s basketball games, coaches will receive three 30-second timeouts and one full 60-second timeout. If electronic-media timeouts are not used, coaches receive three 30-second timeouts and two full 60-second timeouts. The ‘use it or lose it’ rule still applies, where a coach will lose a timeout if not used in the first half.
Each period will have one electronic-media timeout with additional media timeouts during the break between the first and second and the third and fourth periods. Also, the first team-called timeout of the second half will become an electronic-media timeout. Conference offices determine the length of media timeouts, which will be two minutes and 45 seconds in length in the Big 12 Conference.
Kansas returns six letterwinners from last season, while welcoming nine newcomers to Allen Fieldhouse. Among the veterans are 2015 All-Big 12 Freshman Team selection Lauren Aldridge, two-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree Caelynn Manning-Allen and two-year starter Jada Brown.
Kansas women’s basketball season tickets are now on sale at just $69 for a full season of action in Allen Fieldhouse. Family Zone tickets are also available and include two adult and two youth tickets to every home game for only $149.
Also available are single game ticket for the 2015-16 season, which start as low as $5 per game.
KU opens the regular season on Sunday, Nov. 15 against Texas Southern. at 2 p.m., in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks host 19 games at home, which include two exhibition games.
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