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(AP) -- The WNBA's first president feels that women's college basketball needs to make changes if the sport is to grow.
Val Ackerman was hired by the NCAA in November to assess the state of the women's game. In a report submitted last week, Ackerman advised a series of ideas that would help. They included moving the Final Four back to a Friday-Sunday format, exploring a two-site super regional for the second week of the NCAA tournament and returning to the top 16 teams host the first two rounds. In Ackerman's proposal, the eight-team super regionals would be awarded to sites for three years at a time.
"A lot of the ideas came from the membership," Ackerman said. "When I went into this a piece of the process involved interviewing those who were associated with the sport. My questions were open ended. What do you like? What would you change if you could? My sense was that ideas they've been kicking around for a long time. Some may not be new I just tried to corral them."