WBB: NCAA heading to four-quarter games?

Women’s basketball games will be played in four 10-minute quarters – rather than two 20-minute halves – if an NCAA rules panel accepts a committee’s recommendation in June.

According to the NCAA women’s basketball rule committee, moving from halves to quarters could enhance the flow of the game.

“The rules committee is very excited about the change to the four-quarter format for the 2015-16 season,” the committee’s chair, University of Richmond basketball coach Michael Shafer, said in a statement. “We believe this change, along with the associated changes to the timeout and foul rules, will address flow of the game and physicality. The overall format will strengthen the connection of college basketball with women’s basketball globally.”

All rule proposals have to be approved by an NCAA rules oversight panel, and the panel is scheduled to meet via conference call June 8.

The proposal has been endorsed by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s board of directors and has the backing of one of the most prominent figures in the college game, UConn head coach Geno Auriemma.

“What a great step forward for our game,” Auriemma said in a statement. “As the game becomes more global each year, it’s important that we start the process toward standardizing the rules. This is just the beginning of what I hope are many other changes to improve this great game.”

For more, read the NCAA’s press release here.