When the UConn women’s basketball team takes the Gampel Pavilion court this afternoon, it may look a little different than we are used to seeing.
The lane will be four feet wider going from 12 feet to 16 feet. Plus the three-point arc will be 22 feet one inch instead of the normal 20 feet nine inches.
Other rules in play against the Vanguard Lions from the NCAA:
- A team will not be granted a timeout unless it has possession of the ball. (If a team scores a field goal, it will not be granted a timeout immediately after the basket, which can occur under NCAA rules.)
- The game will be played with a 24-second shot clock instead of a 30-second shot clock.
- A team must advance the ball into the frontcourt in 8 seconds instead of 10 seconds.
- The game will be played with a men’s basketball instead of a women’s basketball.
The game clock will stop following made field goals with two minutes or less remaining in the fourth quarter or overtime periods.
Additionally, the teams will play with different substitution rules:
- Both teams are allowed to substitute on dead balls after the official is done communicating with the scorer’s table.
- Both teams are allowed to substitute when the ball becomes dead following a successful last, or only, free throw.
- Neither team is allowed to substitute when the ball is at the disposal of a player who is inbounding the ball.
2015-17 NCAA Women’s Basketball rules will be applied in all other instances
And if you are heading to Gampel, be sure to get there early as the UConn women’s basketball team and coaching staff will be presented with their 2015 NCAA Championship rings. The 2015 NCAA Championship banner will also be unveiled.