Does a womens smaller sized basketball make a difference compared to the mens in an actual game?
The degree of difficulty is reduced by using a smaller ball since the size of the rim remains the same. That is why the women's NCAA basketball scoring records should be separate from the men's because of the degree of difficulty. I recall many people applauding Chamique Holdsclaw and calling her the greatest scorer in Tennessee U history when she passed Alan Houston's record but I do not think that is a valid record. The reason often given is that women's hands are smaller and need a smaller ball than the men. I agree with that but the women's hoop (rim) should be made smaller too making the degree of difficulty equal to the men. It would take two maintenance people ten minutes on a 12 foot ladder to switch the rims before a game. Case closed !