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New 3-Point Line, Other Changes Approved in Women’s Basketball

INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel recently approved moving the 3-point line to the international distance of 22 feet, 1 ¾ inches in women's basketball, beginning with the 2021-22 season.

The NCAA Women's Basketball Rules Committee proposed the change after studying statistical trends that showed the number of attempted and successful 3-point field goal attempts reached all-time high levels in all three divisions during the 2020-21 season.

In Division I, women's teams attempted 16.4 3-point field goal attempts per game last season and made an average of 6.1 shots beyond the arc, which had been set at 20 feet, 9 inches.