We had fireworks at the SEC Women's Basketball Tournament as a scuffle broke out between the Florida Gators and Kentucky Wildcats that resulted in eight players being ejected.
Kentucky's Ajae Petty shoved the ball in the face of Florida's Tatyana Wyche after a UK basket gave the 'Cats a 22-14 lead in the second quarter during the first-round matchup at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina. Wyche then fired the ball in Petty's direction and charged at her, leading to a team scuffle along the benches.
Eight Players Ejected After Scuffle Between Florida and Kentucky
Eight players were ejected in the SEC women's tournament after a scuffle broke out during the Kentucky-Florida game.
The game was delayed over 20 minutes. pic.twitter.com/iXUgUzltgj
— ESPN (@espn) March 1, 2023
Florida Gators forward Tatyana Wyche (2) throws the ball at Kentucky Wildcats forward Ajae Petty (13) during an altercation in the Kentucky vs. Florida womens basketball game in the first round of the SEC Tournament.
(Photo by @carterskaggs_ / @KyKernel) pic.twitter.com/UFsiw93Hlb
— Jack Weaver (@jack_weaver_) March 1, 2023
Following a 22-minute delay during which referees sorted out the incident, eight players in total were ejected, four from each team. Wyche and Petty were both ejected after the altercation.
The scuffle also reportedly left Kentucky assistant coach Jen Hoover knocked over as well.
Things just got interesting. After Ajae Petty and Florida?s Tatyana Wyche got tangled up. Wyche charged Petty from behind. The scuffle ended up in UK?s bench with Kentucky assistant coach Jen Hoover getting knocked over. pic.twitter.com/SFcnzjRw4j
— Grant Grubbs (@grant_grubbs_) March 1, 2023
The ejections left both teams shorthanded, but Kentucky went on to beat Florida 72-57 to advance in the tournament. UK's Robyn Benton, who finished with 20 points, did the Gator Chomp motion with her arms after drilling the final 3-pointer. Something tells me this bad blood isn't dried up just yet.
Whoever said women's basketball was boring was dead wrong.
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