That’s how long a women’s college basketball team will have to get the ball past the mid-court stripe this season. Of course, the men’s game has had this all along. But it’s new for the women’s game since it instituted the 30-second shot clock years ago. That should make it more likely that teams will now press more. And I would think that would be right up USI’s alley.
With a coach who spent his assistantship under Chancellor Dugan and her full-court pressing teams, this could get extremely interesting for Screaming Eagles fans. Granted, USI doesn’t have the sort of players it had in the mid-1990s … or does it? The Eagles haven’t really needed to press, which has become something you did against obviously overmatched teams or late in a game when you needed steals and quick baskets. Maybe the 10-second rule will change that. It’s a fact that the women’s game rarely has the ball handlers that the men’s game has. Forcing the issue could turn that weakness into a major advantage for teams that press. I’d look for the press to return, especially for USI.