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    Posted: 24Sep2013 at 10:39am
This is an interesting part of an article on ESPNW regarding the summit headed up by Val Ackerman to discuss women's basketball on the collegiate level. The big names in the game were there and they discussed where the sport is going as a whole and how the officials are letting it get way too physical.

The sport as a whole

The discussion Monday covered more ground than just the NCAA tournament. A concern mentioned by many of the participants was the increased physical nature of the women's basketball, and how that has impacted scoring and the overall pleasure fans get from watching games.

"As I said in the meeting, the one thing that could be impactful immediately is the officiating," Auriemma said. "To find a way to come to a consensus on how the game is going to be officiated, and that it be consistent all over the country. There are a lot of rules right now that are not necessarily being enforced.

"I think we have a culture now where we're hopped up on how physical we can be, how tough. But in the end, we have boxing matches in the lane, somebody trying to make up for their lack of skill by just beating people up. And that's so counterproductive to what we're trying to do."

Auriemma likened it to how the playoffs in the NHL produce better hockey than the regular season.

"The NHL playoffs are hard-fought and hard-hitting, but there aren't the fights," he said. "They're playing good hockey. In basketball, there has to be a freedom of movement on the court, and we've lost some of that."

VanDerveer said this was one of the aspects of Monday's summit that she felt most enthusiastic about: That there really could be changes made to return the game to more of a showcase for offensively skilled players.

"I feel that can happen now," VanDerveer said. "The message will be sent to officials and their coordinators that it isn't rugby or sumo wrestling, it's basketball. I'm ecstatic about that. I think it's good for everybody, because you'll see more basketball skill."

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