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 21, 2007 9:21 AM
Posted by Jayda Evans
The WNBA has a timely entry on its Web site about everybody's favorite -- refs.
Personally, not a fan of complaining about officiating for too long. Screaming at calls is one thing, it's cathartic, particularly if it's a close game and an official steps in and decides the outcome. Other than that, you have to play through and cheer on.
Players and coaches getting wrapped up in what officials are doing to them is pointless and just draws more negative attention (see Lauren Jackson the past three games).
Still, the WNBA is overdue for another intense evaluation and training for its officials. The league is in a tough spot because -- surprise -- they don't pay enough. Yet, there are still some good, passionate officials, and I'm sure the league could develop more. Asking fans to turn the other cheek is dirty play, too.