Women's Hoops Blog
Jayda Evans covers college and pro women's basketball. While its her first year on the Washington beat, she has covered the Storm since its inception. She'll offer observations, critiques, occasional off-beat tales and answers to select e-mail inquires. Evans also has written a book on the Storm and women's hoops, called "Game On!"
June 15, 2007 8:24 PM
Posted by Jayda Evans
It can sound a little like homer-ism when you automatically take the side of the player you cover, but when Storm All-Star Lauren Jackson talks about a discrepancy with officiating, it's true. At least it was tonight against Houston.
Jackson earned her second tech of the season after getting wrapped up with Comets guard Hamchetou Maiga-Ba. Jackson did the typical jerk of the arm away from her opponent after the rebound bounced away from the players and they started to head down court. Standard move you see all the time. There weren't even any theatrics, but a technical foul was called.
In the third quarter when Comets forward Latasha Byears did the same move to Janell Burse's bum left shoulder, however, no call was made. And Byears has a history (just ask former Storm guard Michelle Marciniak about getting hit in the head with the basketball by Byears back in the day). Oh, and later in the game she gave the KeyArena crowd an undesirable finger wave.
To spin the words of Will Smith, officials just don't understand.