WNBA Acknowledges Refs Blew Call in Title Game
NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA says its officials missed a shot-clock violation late in Game 5 of the Finals on Thursday night.
The league released a statement Friday saying Nneka Ogwumike's basket for Los Angeles with 1:14 remaining shouldn't have counted because it came after the shot clock expired. The statement also says officials improperly failed to review the play.
Ogwumike later made the game-winning shot at the buzzer, giving the Sparks a 77-76 win for their first championship since 2002.
After the game, Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve said the league needed to do more than just apologize and "send a memo."
It's the second time in a week officials missed a call. The WNBA acknowledged the referees missed an 8-second backcourt violation late in Game 4, which Minnesota won.