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Las Vegas • Utah State's 73-69 loss to Louisiana Tech in Friday's WAC semifinal may have lasting implications for both teams in light of a major skirmish in the handshake line that followed.
USU head coach Raegan Pebley and Lady Techsters head coach Teresa Weatherspoon, of WNBA fame, had to be separated after clearly making contact with each other. In the words that followed, Aggie forward Ashlee Brown got into a shoving match with several members of Louisiana Tech's team.
At least one punch was thrown in the scrum, before referees and fans from both sides came out of the stands to break it up. It remains unclear whether the Lady Techsters will be hit with sanctions heading into Saturday's final.
The contentious end followed a game in which Louisiana Tech took a double-digit lead and had to hold on as USU made a furious comeback, cutting the deficit to a single bucket before running out of gas at the end.
Utah State falls to 21-9 on the season, and will likely gain a berth into the WNIT next week.