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August 30, 2007 at 7:43 PM

Hammon staredown

Did anyone catch San Antonio guard Becky Hammon at the end of tonight’s Game 1 Western Conference Finals? She totally stared down official Lisa Mattingly, who called the (soft) foul that sent Phoenix guard Cappie Pondexter to the line for the game-winning free throws with less than three second in the game.
I believe Hammon yelled something about how Mattingly decided the game, and although the play could technically be called a foul, I have to agree. It was the waning seconds, there were over 14,000 in attendance and the teams had played each other close the entire game. Why not hold the whistle and let the teams decide in overtime? That would have satisfied all parties involved.
Instead, the WNBA heightened its biggest problem and gripe from players and coaches – officiating. President Donna Orender was in attendance and hopefully she sees the need to rectify this situation. In fact, it’s one of my three wishes for the offseason: Improved officiating, higher pay for the players, and the Storm remain in Seattle – forever.

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