Several days ago, the NCAA started their postseason tournament, with the Men’s tournament taking place in various locations in Indianapolis and the Women’s in San Antonio. Upon their arrival to the bubble-like setting, some players took to social media to show just how there were living. Sedona Prince, forward for Oregon, captured some videos that went viral. She showed some not-so-appealing meals, some gear or lack thereof the NCAA sent them, and a rack of dumbbells. It immediately caught fire on social media and sparked the attention of very prominent figures in the women’s sports and college basketball world. 2020 WNBA MVP A’ja Wilson, Natasha Cloud, Jay Bilas, Sabrina Ionescu, and many others took to social media to address the issue.
The issue was eventually brought to the NCAA president’s attention, Mark Emmert, who called the differences of the Men’s and Women’s facilities “inexcusable”. He went on to say, “This is not something that should have to happened, and should we ever conduct a tournament like this again, it will never happen again.”
After a couple of days, the NCAA did update the facilities with a variety of equipment for the young women to use and stay sharp in between games. But this issue can go for the women’s basketball game on the amateur and professional. We all know that the women’s game may not generate as much money as the men’s at this point, but there is no excuse for them to lack resources and opportunities to grow their game to the maximum potential.