Nothing Will Teach These Women's College Basketball Fans To Stay In Their Seats Like A Game Deciding Delay Of Game Call
Uproxx- The latest incident all went down in South Dakota, in a women’s basketball game between Division II schools, Sioux Falls and Winona State.
Sioux Falls was trailing, 58-56, in the game’s final moments, before Taylor Varsho nailed a thirty-footer that seemingly give her team a 59-58 win. After the shot went down and all of the time on the clock appeared to have expired, Varsho’s teammates and other Sioux Falls students stormed the court to celebrate with her.
However, there was one problem. The game’s referees — with an assist from Winona State head coach Scott Ballard, who admitted to putting the “bug in their ear” — determined that Varsho’s shot did not come at the buzzer, but with 0.4 seconds remaining, and therefore the court storming from the Sioux Falls bench warranted a technical foul.
Winona State, given a second life, knocked down both free throws and escaped with a 60-59 victory.
First of all...Stephanie Curry with the shot, girl! What's the female equivalent of balls, because this chick just showed some by getting wet from the parking lot with the game on the line. I want to say it's too bad it had to come in a losing effort, but anytime you have people complimenting your highlight as a Division II women's basketball player in South Dakota you have to consider that a win.
Still, I feel bad for these girls. As meaningless as this game was to anyone not in attendance, they still put their blood, sweat, and waterproof mascara on the line only to see negligent officiating snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. I think as sports fans we can all relate to the feeling of being robbed by a referee, and that's exactly what happened here.
With that said, you really have to question your life, and your cable package, if you are getting that excited over division II women's basketball. I am not one of those people that thinks that we need to put a stop to rushing the court, but I am the type that thinks it needs to be regulated to situations where it is warranted. The Sioux Falls Lady Cougars beating the Winona State Lady Warriors on a buzzer beater doesn't exactly fall into that category, and for that reason these fans needed to learn a valuable lesson. They needed to feel bad about themselves for treating this game like it actually mattered, and nothing will make a fan feel worse than inadvertently costing their team the win. It sucks that it had to come at the expense of some hard working female athletes, but the fanbases of the NSIC are better off knowing that they should probably just celebrate from their seats.
P.S. Pssssst stripes, if you get overwhelmed by the pressure of calling DII women's basketball then officiating might not be for you. Although you probably don't need me to tell you that...
The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference has suspended three referees who had a hand in wiping away a last-second win by the University of Sioux Falls women's basketball team against Winona State on Friday.