Charleston pe­nal­ized

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

The Col­lege of Charleston’s women’s team is be­ing forced to give up two wins af­ter us­ing the wrong size bas­ket­balls in games against Wil­liam & Mary and UNC-Wilm­ing­ton. The Colo­nial Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion wanted to make the Cougars for­feit the games. How­ever, the Na­tional Col­le­giate Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion told the con­fer­ence the statis­tics would count, but Charleston would lose the vic­to­ries for seed­ing pur­poses in the con­fer­ence tour­na­ment. Charleston ath­letic direc­tor Matt Roberts says it was a mis­take and the school agrees with los­ing the wins. The Cougars are now 1-8 in the CAA. They beat Wil­liam & Mary, 70-60, on Jan. 6 and UNC-Wilm­ing­ton, 76-37, on Jan. 8 be­fore hav­ing to give up the vic­to­ries. UNC-Wilm­ing­ton coach Adell Har­ris told The StarNews of Wilm­ing­ton that her play­ers no­ticed the bas­ket­balls were too large and com­plained to of­fi­cials, who in­sisted they were the right size. Women’s bas­ket­ball teams use slightly smaller bas­ket­balls than men’s teams. Ac­cord­ing to NCAA rules, men’s bas­ket­balls are 1 inch big­ger than women’s (cir­cum­fer­ence) — men’s are 29½ to 30 inches; women’s are 28½ to 29 inches.

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