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Why lowering the rims is a flawed strategy for women’s basketball

The idea of lowering the rims in women’s basketball is wildly tempting.

Picture it: Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore at the mid-post, back to the basket, spinning off her defender’s shoulder, taking one dribble along the baseline, then soaring for a left-handed jam over two opponents. The sold-out crowd at Target Center roars. Meanwhile, from the comfort of their own living rooms, hundreds of bloggers immediately send out the Vine on Twitter, and later that night, Moore’s dunk leads SportsCenter.

Amazing, right?

Millions of new fans start flocking to the WNBA to witness the new high-flying game. Within a couple of years, we see female players on billboards and in marketing campaigns, gaining more and more media coverage. Because the women’s game now mirrors the men’s, a similar kind of popularity follows.

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