BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — A confrontation between two players in the post-game handshake line after Bowling Green’s win over Memphis Thursday night at the women’s NIT was referred to campus police.
As the teams headed to Center Court after Bowling Green’s 73-60 win in the round of 16, Memphis’ Jamirah Shutes stopped to speak with Falcons player Elissa Brett. After a brief conversation, Shute’s board appears to deliver a slap in the face. Brett fell to the scorer’s table and the sidelines.
There was no immediate word as to what caused the confrontation or if any player was seriously injured.
Bowling Green said in a statement that the incident is in the hands of campus police.
“The incident, which occurred after today’s WNIT home game, was turned over to the BGSU Police Department,” the school said. “Bowling Green State University Athletics is not commenting on an active police investigation. Our priority is the health, safety and support of our student-athletes.”
Bowling Green coach Robyn Frölich did not directly comment on the incident after the game, saying only that they “would figure out all these things” that happened in the handshake line.
The Memphis Sports Information Bureau did not immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press requesting comment.
The Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper reported that Shutes, who leads the Tigers in scoring, elbowed in the face with 24 seconds left in the first quarter and played just eight minutes in the first half. She returned to start the second half.
Shutes, a fifth-year player who finished her last game with the Tigers with 13 points, was a second-team All-AAC selection this season.
Brett scored 15 points in the win.
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