Longwood University basketball teams both made history this month, but one got more love

This is only the third time in NCAA history that this has happened.

State Governor Glenn Youngkin weighed in on Monday as the city saluted its returning heroes: “Congratulations @LongwoodMBB team on getting your first ticket to the dance. What an impressive victory!! 🏀 #MarchMadness,” Youngkin said in a tweet.

No W, Governor? As if the LongwoodWBB didn’t exist, let alone dance too.

He was challenged by other Virginians, including State Senator Louise Lucas, who said, “We don’t need to erase our daughters to support our Governor sons.

A few days after the parade in Farmville, Youngkin went to a high school boys’ basketball game, but still hasn’t said anything publicly to the women of Longwood.

Rebecca Tillett, Longwood’s women’s coach, said she knows “inequality still exists, everywhere”, but celebrates the breakneck speed at which female athletes are progressing.

“It’s an exciting time to be a woman, thanks to student-athletes speaking out,” Tillett said, pointing to student-athlete Sedona Prince, who in a viral video last year shed light on the vast difference between the training equipment available at NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. “There’s so much good momentum right now.”

After pushing Longwood University, his team gets equipment almost as good as the men’s. Now she asks for something else.

“I would like to see equity in staffing,” she said. “It’s something we’re working on.”

About an hour after contacting Youngkin’s press office to make sure I didn’t miss a private message of congratulations, Tillett got a call from the governor, she told me.

It was four days after he joined the men’s team.

It’s no secret that female athletes regularly take the blame, with mansplainers talking about ticket sales and the public explaining the disparate salaries, locker rooms, stadiums and purses.

The Washington Mystics received the same treatment in their hometown. When the Nats won the World Series the same month they won the WNBA title, DC forgot about them:

“DISTRICT. OF. CHAMPIONS!

This bromantic tweet from the Capitals forgot the women’s title. Pretty easy to do, when they’ve never had a victory parade. It was postponed to spring and then never took place due to the pandemic.

Women have had to race to the foreign leagues they play in during the offseason, where they are paid four or five times more than they earn in the United States.

Even after landmark Contract negotiations to increase player salaries in 2020, the average salary for a professional female basketball player is $130,000. Top stars can earn $500,000 with marketing offers and bonuses.

The average salary of NBA men? It’s $7.9 million, according to a RunRepeat To analyse.

That’s why Brittney Griner – one of America’s top professional athletes – was in Russia, where she is being held after authorities say they found a vape cartridge containing cannabis-derived oil in her bag. .

But back in Farmville, it looks like some people are making it.

“We were actually joking, we were like ‘nobody’s gonna be here, everybody’s gonna be home,'” Lancers guard Kyla McMakin said in an interview with WTVR CBS 6 amid cheers during Monday’s parade.

“And just to come out and see all these people, it shows how much Farmville cares,” McMakin said. “Love in this area – it’s so important.”

Tillett said fairness in sports is not going to be something that happens quickly and is achieved in line-by-line comparisons. Right now, appreciation and recognition like the ones McMakin has seen is monumental.

“I just watched the faces of our women, as we approached the city,” she said. “We are a very small town, their expectations were not high. But it was amazing. ‘Look how many people care!’ they said. That’s what it’s all about, how people care.

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