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That was a makeup call. The previous time down the floor the ISU player backed into Griner, and when she tried to get around her she moved over, initiating contact and backing into her again. I have seen that done many times over the years (in fact, got called for doing it myself up at Fayetteville) and never seen it called the way it was tonight. The next time down the floor the contact was there, but somewhat incidental in terms of the action in the interior, Griner and Poppins got their arms entwined, and Griner, as she has done before, disengaged herself rather forcefully. The ISU player was slightly off balance by that time and went to the floor. I don't think that she flopped, she just could not regain her balance, and many people underestimate how strong and how much leverage Griner has....
Fennelly, as he revealed at the half, was humiliated at the way his team was playing and what he saw as a loss of pride for his program, and he reacted out of frustration -- when he views film (if he bothers to after what he witnessed today), he will see that his team got a gift the preceding play and the Lady Bears got a return package on that play, but the former was much more egregious an offense than the latter.
He may also have thought, improperly as far as I am concerned, that Niya Johnson's long heave at the basket than went in as time was expiring was inappropriate. No one should feel that way about a bench player, in my view. It was a shot she will remember for the rest of her life, and the odds of making it rather than rattling off the rim or backboard were rather small. But when a great team plays greatly, that is what happens.
I like Fennelly and have great respect for him as a coach, but this was not one of his better showings, and I suspect that deep down, though unlikely to own up to it, he regrets his actions and demeanor today.
Ran across this article from an Iowa journalist. Is it just me, or is he taking subtle shots at Griner? With all his "him or her" and "man or woman" it seems that way. Of course I just got through going through ESPN's SEC 140 reading all the normal Griner hate, so maybe I'm seeing something that's not there.
I think you may be reading a little too much into it.
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