There were some amazing plays in Monday night’s NCAA Tournament games on the men’s side, but the play of the night came in the UConn-Baylor game in the women’s tournament.
With time running down, Baylor’s DiJonai Carrington got the ball on the side of the lane and went up to shoot.
She was guarded by UConn’s Aaliyah Edwards and Olivia Nelson-Ododa and it certainly appeared that Nelson-Ododa hit her elbow. It’s also hard to explain how her momentum changed in the air without being hit, although we should say that officiating is not just tough but also requires a high level of arcane knowledge of the rules that most of us will never begin to get close to.
But that’s what it looked like to us and to a lot of others, including LeBron James.
UConn’s Geno Auriemma wasn’t having any of it, saying in so many words that King James could pound sand: “I probably doubt that in his career he’s ever won a game and decided to give it back because he looked at it and went, ‘That was a foul.’”
I probably doubt?
Ok, whatever. It’s a tacit admission, or at least sounds like a tacit admission, that it was a bad no-call.
Tough break for Baylor, needless to say.
After the game, Carrington got in her shot at the referees, tweeting that “You can’t swallow your whistle when the game is on the line. film does not lie.“
Regardless, UConn goes on and Baylor goes home after a very tough loss. Maybe this time we can at least avoid death threats.