Given the way local media buried the Minnesota Lynx’ victory over the Phoenix Mercury yesterday, there’s a good chance you didn’t see the final play which propelled the Lynx to the WNBA finals.
So here. The game was tied at 71 when Maya Moore of the Lynx was fouled.
Moore hit a free throw with little time left to win the game.
It’s hard to have a season end on such a ticky-tacky foul.
Especially since it wasn’t a foul, the WNBA admitted today.
Here’s the statement from Renee Brown, WNBA chief of basketball operations and player relations:
“With 5.4 seconds on the game clock and the game tied at 71-71, Minnesota’s Maya Moore deflected and stole a pass from Phoenix’s Noelle Quinn. Quinn was immediately called for a reach-in foul for contact on Moore. After reviewing postgame video and interviewing last night’s game officials, we have determined a foul should not have been called on Quinn for contact on Moore while Moore was attempting to advance the ball.”