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WOMEN’S RULE: EXTRA SHOT WHEN FOULED ON 3-POINT TRY

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Starting next season, a player fouled while attempting a 3-point shot will be awarded three free throws, according to a revision announced Saturday by the NCAA women's basketball rules committee.

"The penalty now is consistent with the penalty for a foul during a 2-point attempt that is missed," said Marcy Weston, secretary-rules editor of the committee.The committee, which met here March 28-30, also changed the penalty for goaltending on a free throw attempt.

One point will be awarded and a technical foul will be assessed.

Weston said it would be considered goaltending if a player interferes with the flight of the basketball once it leaves the shooter's hand.

The committee also adjusted the point of possession on jump-ball situations.

The ball will be awarded out of bounds at the spot closest to where the jump-ball situation occurs. Previously, the ball had been awarded at the sideline on all plays.

"It was the feeling of the rules committee that the women's game is in a very healthy condition right now. An excessive number of rules changes were not deemed necessary," said Weston, an associate director of athletics at Central Michigan University.

The committee also announced several points of emphasis for the 1990-91 season - taunting or baiting opponents, illegal use of arms when screening, the principle of verticality and rough post play.

Weston said the use of three-person officiating crews will continue to be an experimental rule.

"No conference has chosen to use that next year, but it is available for experimentation if any conferences would choose to use it in the upcoming season," Weston said.