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July 30, 2021

WBCA President Cori Close Statement on Kaplan Hecker Report

Statement of Women’s Basketball Coaches Association President Cori Close, head coach, UCLA, regarding the report of Kaplan Hecker and Fink LLC from its gender equity review of NCAA women’s and men’s basketball programs.
July 14, 2021

Full Press Release: Geno Auriemma, Dawn Staley, Tara VanDerveer Restate Call For Equity In Basketball Through New Video

ATLANTA (July 14, 2021) — The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association today released a video featuring University of Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma, University of South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley, and Stanford University head coach Tara Vanderveer in which they renew the WBCA’s call on behalf of its member coaches for gender equity in basketball.
June 30, 2021

To Win in Business, Ignore the Doubters, Say Champion Athletes

Basketball star Kara Lawson and golfer Stacy Lewis offer insights for anyone vying for gender equity in the sports and entertainment industries. Women know the feeling of “crunch time,” whatever field they’re in. Two champion athletes who have faced that pressure have some advice for women: To succeed, look to your supporters, not your doubters.
June 30, 2021

In call, Dawn Staley and Tara VanDerveer ask Congress to help equity fight in NCAA sports

South Carolina's Dawn Staley and Stanford's Tara VanDerveer on Tuesday called for Congressional involvement regarding the NCAA's treatment of its tournaments for women's sports, including basketball, in the wake of allegations of gender inequity. In a videoconference call with several members of the Democratic Women's Caucus, both coaches spoke about the differences specifically between the men's (Indianapolis) and women's (San Antonio) basketball tournaments that received criticism this spring.
June 29, 2021

Maddening March Gender Inequity: Tip of the Unfairness Iceberg for U.S. Girls and Women

Everyone saw how blatantly unfair it was for the women’s basketball teams in the NCAA tournament to have one tiny stack of weights and a couple of yoga mats whereas men’s basketball teams had an entire weight room complex. The uproar was quick and effective as the NCAA apologized, dashed to equalize the weight rooms, and enlightened companies like Dick’s Sporting Goods trucked loads of equipment to Texas for the female players to use.
June 21, 2021

WBCA-NABC Coaches Forum: Gender Equity in College Basketball

From highly-publicized incidents of gender disparity in the 2021 college basketball postseason to the launch of an independent review of NCAA championship operations, the topic of gender equity has come to the forefront of college basketball. In this WBCA-NABC Coaches Forum, learn how specific inequalities are currently being addressed and how women’s and men’s programs can support and advocate for one another on campus.
June 14, 2021

Podcast: Women’s Basketball Is on the Rise. Is Anyone Paying Attention?

LeBron James and Steph Curry are household names and brand magnates, but Diana Taurasi and A’ja Wilson haven’t quite reached that level. That’s despite being, respectively, the W.N.B.A.’s career top scorer and reigning MVP. And it’s despite the average viewership for the 2020 women’s basketball finals shooting up 15 percent from the previous year — while the men’s finals saw a 49 percent drop.
June 14, 2021

Horning: Coaches need to tell NCAA what’s acceptable and threaten not showing up

Unfortunately, nothing, yet this is not even about that. Not exactly. It’s about what the PA announcer said after a third out and before a new half frame was to begin. He invited all the fans in attendance to not wait to buy their tickets to the 2022 Women’s College World Series, taking place June 2-8 of next year.
June 10, 2021

6.17.21 Gender Equity in College Basketball Webinar

Join us to talk about Gender Equity in College Basketball! The WBCA and NABC will be speaking on how men’s and women’s teams can support each other on and off the court. Gender equity has become a prominent topic in college athletics and we look forward to hearing the strategy that will help create a difference. Thursday, June 17th at 2 p.m. ET Open to everyone!
June 7, 2021

“We deserve to be treated the same,” says legendary softball coach Carol Hutchins on the disparities between men’s and women’s sports

University of Michigan head softball coach Carol Hutchins talks to Kendis Gibson and Lindsey Reiser on the glaring equality gap between men's and women's sports, including the strenuous schedule of softball teams during the Women's College World Series this week.
June 7, 2021

Sedona Prince Has a Message for You

When Sedona Prince arrived in San Antonio in March for her first N.C.A.A. women’s basketball tournament, she was grateful just to be playing again after a long recovery from an injury. But then Prince, who was a redshirt sophomore at the University of Oregon last season, noticed something that troubled her: striking differences between the weight room setups, meals and coronavirus testing available at the women’s tournament versus the men’s, which was occurring simultaneously in the Indianapolis area.
June 7, 2021

Column: Mulkey’s Hall of Fame enshrinement teaches LSU a Title IX lesson

Michael Jordan, the greatest player to ever bounce a basketball, stood up from his seat at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s enshrinement ceremony, took Kim Mulkey’s hand and guided her up the steps. It was time for Mulkey to accept her induction into the hall. 
May 18, 2021

NCAA Corporate Sponsorships Are for 90 Championships. They Revolve Around One.

Companies including AT&T Inc., Coca-Cola Co. and others together pay more than $200 million every year to associate their brands with the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Their sponsorship fees give them the exclusive right to associate with 90 NCAA sports championships. Yet the big sponsorship dollars aren’t helping any of the sports except one—Division I men’s basketball—prove the commercial worth of their championship events and attract new investment that could expand their audiences.
April 27, 2021

Statement from WBCA Executive Committee on meeting with NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Oversight Committee:

“We thank the members of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Oversight Committee for today’s meeting and hope that more will follow. The meeting was constructive; we appreciated the opportunity to outline the issues the WBCA believes must be addressed by the Kaplan Hecker & Fink external equity review. We reiterate our commitment to working collaboratively with the NCAA to address the inequities in college basketball.”
April 27, 2021

The Many Shining Disparities Between Men’s and Women’s College Basketball

On the heels of an NCAA tournament that went viral for both the right and wrong reasons, players and coaches are pushing to get the women's game the visibility it deserves.
April 27, 2021

WBCA has positive first meeting with Division I Women’s Basketball Oversight Committee

WBCA executive director Danielle Donehew said the special meeting between the WBCA and the Division I Women's Basketball Oversight Committee on Monday was positive but only the first step in bringing much-needed change to the sport.
April 27, 2021

Women’s sport could generate £1bn revenue by 2030

Women's sport in the UK has the ability to generate £1bn in annual revenue by 2030 but needs the visibility to succeed, according to a new study.
April 16, 2021

WBCA Executive Committee to meet Monday with NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Oversight Committee

The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Executive Committee will meet with the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Oversight Committee on Monday, April 19, to address inequities between the NCAA’s governance and administration of women’s and men’s versions of the sport.
April 16, 2021

WBCA to discuss inequities between men’s and women’s tournament with NCAA

The Women's Basketball Coaches Association will have a special meeting with the Division I Women's Basketball Oversight Committee on April 19 to discuss the inequities between this year's men's and women's tournaments, in addition to the external review the NCAA ordered last month.
April 5, 2021

March Misogyny: NCAA Is Hurting Women’s Basketball With A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Oregon forward Sedona Prince has arguably done more to advance women’s sports this March than the NCAA has done in decades. On March 18, the redshirt sophomore posted a video on TikTok and Twitter of the “weight room” the women competing in San Antonio were provided for their national basketball tournament—a tiny rack of dumbbells.
April 5, 2021

NCAA championships spotlight deep unfairness of college basketball and football funding

The recent controversy surrounding disparity in facilities and accommodations between the NCAA’s men’s and women’s basketball championships serves to underscore the inequity and downright absurdity in the funding of all college sports.
April 4, 2021

Women’s Basketball Is a Renewed Flashpoint for an Embattled N.C.A.A.

The women’s basketball players of Immaculata often washed their own uniforms. They flew standby to save money, and sold pencils and toothbrushes to finance travel costs to their first national tournament. A collection of pail-pounding nuns made up a raucous cheering section. But the tiny Catholic school outside Philadelphia dominated women’s college basketball in the early 1970s.
April 3, 2021

NCAA women’s tournament 2021 – Inside an overdue reckoning over inequity in basketball

In 2013, Val Ackerman compiled an exhaustive report on the state of women's basketball for the NCAA. Known as the "Division I Women's Basketball White Paper," the account was filled with concerns from those she interviewed over a span of six months and detailed recommendations to market and usher the sport into 2020.
April 2, 2021

Sen. Blackburn seeking answers about NCAA basketball tournament inequalities

A WATE 6 News interview with the U.S. Senator from Tennessee, Marsha Blackburn, who wrote a letter to the NCAA seeking answers about basketball tournament inequalities.
April 2, 2021

Women’s basketball programs continue to beat men’s in graduating athletes

Besides the unprecedented appearance of two Black head coaches in the women’s Final Four, we can also celebrate the academic excellence of Black players off the court in my 24th annual review of graduation rates for March Madness teams. South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley runs a program that possesses a 93% Graduation Success Rate (GSR) for its Black players.
April 2, 2021

“It Hurt A Lot”: Marquette Coach, Players React to NCAA Inequalities

It’s been a strenuous year for student-athletes across the nation. Canceled games, seasons, and in-person practices. This year is the first time since 2019 all 68 college teams came together for the NCAA men’s tournament and 64 teams for the women's tournament. Each bubble in Indianapolis and San Antonio had to adhere to a long list of restrictions, including daily testing and isolation within each team. Not only did the tournament take an extreme amount of effort to pull off, but it also became controversial.
April 2, 2021

NCAA’s Weighty Gender Inequities Hurt College Sports’ Bottom Line

Shock. Outrage. Indignation. Those were just some of the reactions to the stark resource differences between this year’s NCAA Women’s and Men’s Basketball Championships. These reactions and the ensuing criticism came from student-athletes, coaches, administrators, commissioners and the general public—even those who do not follow sports. It was that kind of story.
April 2, 2021

The financial burden on NCAA sports wears wingtips, not sneakers

Never again let someone from the NCAA call women’s basketball or any other sport a “cost.” Connecticut’s Paige Bueckers is not a cost. She is the entire damn point. The real cost, the real burden in this iniquitous, contemptible system is the legion of skimmers and coasters led by the devious do-nothing NCAA president Mark Emmert and his board of governors cronies.
April 1, 2021

Women’s sports can do at least one thing men’s can’t, experts say: Get bigger

During a meeting of women’s basketball coaches with NCAA President Mark Emmert on Wednesday, Georgia Tech Coach Nell Fortner issued a plea. Instead of treating her sport like a cost to minimize, the NCAA should see it the way so many others increasingly do: as an opportunity for growth.
April 1, 2021

Women’s Basketball Coaches Association asks NCAA president for gender inequity commission

The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association sent a letter to NCAA president Mark Emmert stating the external review he announced after disparities surfaced between the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments was “insufficient to meet the needs of the WBCA’s member coaches.”
April 1, 2021

Emmert promises WBCA he will work to fix ‘stark’ inequities

NCAA President Mark Emmert promised the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association he will work with coaches to fix the “stark difference” between the Division I men’s and women’s tournaments.
April 1, 2021

THE INEQUALITY OF WOMEN’S AND MEN’S SPORTS

Female athletes are speaking up about the unfairness between women and men sports more for the past decade. The latest issue has been how the NCAA treats women’s and men’s basketball teams at March Madness.
April 1, 2021

Glaring Inequality Inside the NCAA Tournament Bubble

Upon their arrival to the women’s NCAA Tournament in San Antonio, the top women’s college basketball players in the country saw amenities and accommodations that were grossly unequal compared to those offered to their male counterparts at the men’s tournament in Indianapolis.
April 1, 2021

NCAA President Mark Emmert promises WBCA he will work to fix ‘stark’ inequities

NCAA President Mark Emmert promised the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association he will work with coaches to fix the “stark difference” between the Division I men’s and women’s tournaments.
April 1, 2021

Caitlin Clark, Paige Bueckers have potential to lead charge in maximizing exposure for women’s basketball

Iowa's Caitlin Clark has made an impact that goes far beyond the sweet-16 Hawkeye basketball team. The 6-foot freshman set the college basketball world on fire over the last month with her jaw-dropping step-back threes, dribble drives to the hoop, out of this world passing and has emerged as one of the faces of the sport.
April 1, 2021

STAFF EDITORIAL: To the NCAA — Women’s Basketball Deserves More

As the dust of the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournaments settles this weekend, there’s one thing The Phoenix Editorial Board must mention — the problematic difference in how the NCAA treats its men’s and women’s student-athletes. 
March 31, 2021

Opinion: Mark Emmert vows changes in private call with women’s coaches. Will he deliver?

The last gasp of NCAA president Mark Emmert’s apology tour started Wednesday morning in a news conference before the women’s Final Four end ended on a Zoom call with Division I women’s basketball coaches that was supposed to be private.
March 30, 2021

NCAA president Mark Emmert admits inequality but wants women’s basketball leaders to push progress

NCAA president Mark Emmert on Wednesday continued to apologize for the inequities between the men's and women's basketball tournaments that were exposed earlier this month, conceding, "we let them down," but he added that the women's basketball community has to determine specific improvements it wants to "pick up and run with" as the sport moves forward.
March 30, 2021

Women’s Basketball Coaches Challenge N.C.A.A. Leaders Over Gender Inequity

Wednesday’s session came as college sports leaders struggled to move past disparities that sometimes seemed to overshadow games.
March 30, 2021

Madness in the NCAA tournament: Women athletes voice inequities

On March 20, NCAA women’s basketball players and staff drew public attention to the wide dis-parities between the men’s and women’s basketball teams at the women’s March Madness basketball tournament in San Antonio.