CLEMSON – Head women’s basketball coach Audra Smith joined Roy Philpott on the flagship station of Clemson Athletics, WCCP 105.5 FM on Wednesday to talk about a bevy of topics, led by the substantial rules changes.
The women’s game has changed its format for the 2015-16 season. Among the key new rules are:
“I think that all of these changes will help the flow and entertainment of the women’s game,” Smith said. “Advancing the ball will make the game more exciting and the fouls resetting should help the scoring. The move to four quarters should help the newcomers adjust as they play four 8-minute quarters in high school, and pros play quarters. I’m really looking forward to the strategy change.”
The Tigers open the 2015-16 season in a cozy Jervey Gym atmosphere as Littlejohn Coliseum undergoes a complete transformation (see progress). Smith expressed how excited she is about playing in there, citing the intimate atmosphere and the proximity of the stands to the court. Fans will be right on top of the action in the facility.
While most of the returners have been on campus all summer, the newcomers join the squad in late June to begin classes. Clemson will have seven newcomers, as the roster will be comprised of no seniors, one junior, seven sophomores and seven freshmen.
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