Women’s NCAA commentators call at slower pace


The ESPN team of Holly Rowe and Fran Fraschilla were in charge of commentating on the action during the NCAA women’s second round game between Kansas and Delaware. Rowe was the play-by-play commentator and I feel she lacked a presence. Also, there were pauses during the play-by-play, which seemed to delay what she wanted to say. Rowe was lacking in this area of the commentary whereas Fraschilla was very knowledgeable on the main discussion of the game: Delaware’s Center, Elena Della Donna.

When comparing the commentary between a second round game of the men’s tournament to the women’s second round, there are many differences. One example is the number of words used by commentators. In the men’s game, the commentators are consistently using the play-by-play and color analyst through the entire game and using it with great timing. In the women’s game, the commentators just seemed to go at a slower pace with the play-by-play and the color. An explanation for this may be because of the slower play in the women’s game as opposed to the men’s game, but I feel the commentators can keep up regardless of the pace of play.

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