Dimensions of 3-point lines on Portland court differ for women’s March Madness – The Athletic

By Lukas Weese52m ago

The court used at Portland’s Moda Center, one of the sites for the women’s NCAA Tournament Regionals, has dimension discrepancies for the 3-point line, according to the NCAA. The NCAA said that they were informed Sunday that the 3-point lines on the floor were “not the same distance.”

“The two head coaches were made aware of the discrepancy and elected to play a complete game on the court as is, rather than correcting the court and delaying the game,” the NCAA said in a statement.

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The court will be adjusted before Monday’s Elite Eight matchup featuring UConn and USC, per the NCAA.

According to the ABC broadcast, the NCAA notified NC State coach Wes Moore and Texas coach Vic Schaefer at approximately 3 p.m. ET (12 p.m. local time) of the issue. Moore and Schaefer went onto the floor during pregame shootaround to see the discrepancy, measuring out in steps the distance from the free-throw line to the top of the arc.

Following the coaches’ request, the NCAA measured from the baseline to the top of the 3-point line and discovered a discrepancy at one end of the court from the other, per the broadcast. Despite this, Moore and Schaefer agreed to play the game, avoiding lengthy delays. NC State defeated Texas 76-66 to advance to the Final Four.

“They were measuring some things that’s all I want to say at this time,” Moore said on the broadcast following the first quarter.

Moda Center had four Sweet 16 games on Friday and Saturday and two Elite Eight games on Sunday and Monday. No coach or player in media availabilities mentioned the apparent court discrepancy until Sunday during pregame of NC State-Texas.

Nicki Collen, the Baylor Lady Bears coach who lost in Portland to USC in the Sweet 16 on Saturday, said on X that her team shot better from beyond the arc in the second half because of “the correct 3-point distance.” In the first half, Baylor shot 3 of 12 from beyond the arc (25 percent). In the second half, Baylor was 6-of-14 from 3 (42.9 percent).

“With eight teams at one site you get so little prep time on the main court and your focus is on game planning and simply getting shots up,” Collen said.

The college 3-point line distance for women’s college basketball is supposed to be 22 feet, 1 3/4 inches. This was adopted in women’s college basketball before the 2021-22 season.

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Lukas Weese is a Staff Editor of News at The Athletic. Before The Athletic, Lukas was a freelance sports journalist, working as an associate editor at Sportsnet, an OHL reporter for the Toronto Star and had bylines in outlets such as ESPN’s Andscape, USA Today, Complex, Yahoo Sports, GOLF Magazine, Just Women’s Sports and Raptors Republic. Lukas also does freelance play-by-play broadcasting. Follow Lukas on Twitter @Weesesports

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