Why is the shot clock in college basketball for women 30 and for men 35? Is there a reason it’s shorter for women?
Women’s basketball has had the 30-second clock since intercollegiate competition began in 1970, but the shot clock wasn’t introduced into men’s college basketball until 1986 — first at 45 seconds, then trimmed to 35 seconds in 1993. Thirty seconds works for the women because they don’t have the 10-second backcourt violation or the five-second closely guarded rule found in the men’s game. Women also use a smaller basketball (28.5 inch circumference, 20 ounces) than men (29.5 inch circumference, 22 ounces