Monday evening’s ladies’s Elite Eight contest between Baylor and UConn led to controversy — or, when you ask one Bears participant, it merely ended with an enormous officiating error.
After rebounding UConn’s Christyn Williams missed free throw with lower than 20 seconds to go in regulation, Baylor known as a timeout to attract up a closing play. Going through a one-point deficit, the Woman Bears obtained the ball into the palms of DiJonai Carrington, who drove down the left aspect of the lane and got here up nicely brief on a soar shot.
The reside angle appeared to point out two Huskies defenders going straight up and forcing Carrington into a tricky try. UConn held on for a 69-67 win and superior to its thirteenth consecutive Last 4. What an unbelievable battle between two school basketball powerhouses.
Oh, wait. This angle . . . Yeah, that is loads of contact.
When requested in regards to the no-call after the sport, Carrington informed reporters that there was no controversy as a result of she was hit on her face and arm. Baylor coach Kim Mulkey unsurprisingly agreed with that evaluation.
When requested on the “controversial” no-call on Baylor’s closing possession, DiJonai Carrington stated: “I personally don’t see it as controversial name. I already noticed it on the replay. One lady fouled me on my face and one lady fouled me on the arm.”
— ESPN Ladies’s Hoops (@ESPN_WomenHoop) March 30, 2021
“I’ve obtained nonetheless photographs and video from two angles. One child hits her within the face and one child hits her on the elbow.” — Baylor ladies’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey https://t.co/DV4HyifqNx
— Chantel Jennings (@ChantelJennings) March 30, 2021
Carrington additionally despatched out a postgame tweet: “You may’t swallow your whistle when the sport is on the road. Movie doesn’t lie.”
You may’t swallow your whistle when the sport is on the road. 🤷🏽♀️ movie doesn’t lie.
— dιjonaι carrιngтon♛ (@DijonaiVictoria) March 30, 2021
UConn coach Geno Auriemma stated he hadn’t rewatched the play, however he famous that he may additionally return and take a look at potential missed calls from the primary half.
“A name is a name, and you have to reside with it,” Auriemma stated.
“I have not seen it, however I might additionally like to have a look at all of the fouls within the first half the place they shot 11 free throws and we shot 2…a name is a name”
Geno Auriemma feedback on the no-call on DiJonai Carrington’s potential game-winner pic.twitter.com/8xIEM3bRIu
— UConn Movies (@SNYUConn) March 30, 2021
The main focus was (understandably) on the no-call, however Baylor additionally blew an enormous alternative to place the sport out of attain within the second half. The Bears held a 55-45 lead with two minutes left within the third quarter, however the Huskies rattled off 19 consecutive factors to achieve a 64-55 benefit early within the fourth. Mulkey didn’t burn a timeout through the entirety of that 19-0 run, which occurred after Baylor’s DiDi Richards left the sport with a hamstring damage.
There are a number of unanswerable questions from this sport. What if Mulkey had used a timeout? What if Richards had by no means gotten harm? What if Auriemma had entry to movies? (OK, possibly not that final one.)
However the largest one: What if Carrington had gone to the road for 2 free throws? A name is name — and so is a no-call — and you have to reside with it.