Nothing at all against women's basketball (skills wise, they are certainly on
par with the men, as demonstrated), but all the team shooting percentage numbers
that are compared in the article are within statistical error, and can be
largely accounted for by the difference in ball size. There is virtually zero
difference between 134 teams shooting a given percentage and 131 teams. Perhaps
an argument could be made for the top and bottom of the bell curves, but both of
those are outliers in their respective gender categories anyway. If women are
better free throw shooters, it's because they are shooting a smaller ball
through a hoop of the same size.
It's the ball silly.
Have you ever played with a girls ball? I never miss with those things. When
they switch to a real ball you can compare the two.
millerdu, Utah has been 76% from the line over the last 7 games, and was 94%
Interesting article with a lot of qualified opinions. Well done. I agree the
smaller ball has a mathematically better chance of going in and I do believe
there is a difference when 10,000 people are screaming and yelling versus 1,000
Interesting, however in the top 16 players only 4 were females. I wonder why and
what that means?
My take away from this is that the U of U men are the worst free throw shooters
in the state! Nothing new in that!
Ball size is the main thing. Further, it seems to me that the women are more
likely to be ladies and don't let their emotions get out of control as men often
do. One might also add that they don't have a lot of fans behind the goal
trying to distract them. Further, the men never use nail polish. The women's game has gotten better and better. They can't beat the men in
overall talent but they are just as fun to watch, maybe more. I love the BYU
ladies team and wish I lived nearby so I could attend the games. BYU is
fortunate to have coach Judkins running the women's program. You can tell the
ladies love and respect him.