You don’t expect to see actual punches thrown in professional basketball. Whether it’s in the NBA, the WNBA, or the NCAA, there’s a limited amount of fights that actually produces punches with the intent to land on to a victim with any kind of venom.
That was not the case during a WNBA game between the Dallas Wings and Phoenix Mercury this week.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Allisha Gray took a 3-pointer as The shot clock expired, sinking it through the net to cut Phoenix’s lead to three points.
As that happened, Mercury forward Brittney Griner got tangled up with Kristine Anigwe. Griner Apparently took exception to what Kristine Anigwe did down low, and the two came to blows. Eventually, Greiner chased Kristine Anigwe down the floor before being held back by others on the court.
After the dust settled, Griner and Anigwe were ejected along with Diana Taurasi, Briann January, Kayla Thornton, and Kaela Davis.
Watching back the video by scrubbing frame-by-frame, it seems that Griner had given Anigwe no less than three questionable high elbows as the play developed. That’s probably what set Anigwe off, causing her to yank at Griner’s arm. From there, things escalated.
No word yet on what kind of suspensions are coming, but no doubt there will be some headed their way.