For the basketball world, March is a troubling month, with the big batsmen and underdogs once again getting a chance to tear down seemingly invincible powerhouses. Last year, Madness came out of court and then into the headlinesIt went viral, showing that the women’s post-season tournament was funded far less than its male counterpart.
The training facilities for female athletes lacked basic equipment, the team signal was poor on the playing floor, the team food was poor and even the quality of the COVID-19 tests provided to the players and coaching staff was unequal. ۔ Women received daily antigen tests, while men received daily PCR tests, which are more reliable detectors of the virus.
“The big question sometimes is what do men get that we don’t get, but we don’t know the answer because we’re not in the men’s tournament,” said Kalia Johnson, Longwood’s assistant coach and former Duke WBB player. Told CBS News.
This year, before Suite 16 in Spokane, Washington, CBS News spoke to three current assistant coaches whose teams have been told at this year’s Games how the tournament has changed after a history of inequality. The experience has improved. All three women say that a certain change can be a sign of things to come.
“One of the great things about it is that you can see the ‘March Madness’ logo everywhere you go,” Johnson said.
For years, the post-season game for the national women’s title has been referred to as the “NCAA Women’s Tournament”, while the men’s playoff bracket has been widely promoted as the only popular “March Madness” tournament. – A difference in the title, which some people say is the best treatment for male players and teams of the year.
But this year, the two tournaments have come together under the banner of a collective “March Madness”, raising hopes that more equality can be achieved.
Lindsay Spinn, an assistant coach at the University of Maryland WBB, said it was good to see “March Madness” being used like men. “It used to be called the NCAA Women’s Tournament, but it was just like the men’s. It’s a good change.”
Kendall Brooks, a former assistant coach at Virginia Tech, agrees.
“One of the interesting changes I noticed was that this was the first year that the women’s tournament was dubbed ‘March Madness’,” she said. liked it a lot.”
Spin, whose team is set to compete against No. 1 seed Stanford University in Suite 16 this weekend, has seen other minor improvements.
“Small changes like the Swagbags are now like the men in the first two rounds. I look forward to possibly more gear for the Sweet 16,” he said.
“Women’s college basketball is one of the most exciting sports to watch at this time of year and even throughout the season,” said UMD Assistant as he walked down the street. “It’s nice to see that we’re moving in the right direction that we deserve.”
The women’s tournament continues on Friday, March 25 in Spokane.