Arike Ogunbowale did not let an ejection get her down in the Dallas Wings’ 85-73 win over the Atlanta Dream.
The game featured 10 technical fouls, including two on Ogunbowale. But as she exited the game with less than two minutes remaining and 21 points to her name, she took time to hype up the crowd. The 26-year-old guard raised her arms to elicit cheers before signing a fan’s autograph as she entered the tunnel.
Arike hyped up the crowd and signed an autograph after getting ejected 😅 pic.twitter.com/YRJnzMvX2w— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 21, 2023
Arike hyped up the crowd and signed an autograph after getting ejected 😅 pic.twitter.com/YRJnzMvX2w
“I definitely have never seen anything like it,” Dallas coach Latricia Trammell said of the 10 technical fouls, which was the most ever in a WNBA regular-season game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Five of the technicals were defensive 3-second calls, four of which were called against the Dream. One was a delay of game on Dallas, and the other four were all individual calls against the Wings. Trammell herself even picked up a technical.
“I’ve heard about 10 different things, but I’m not exactly sure,” Trammell said about her technical. “We’ll turn some clips in (to the league); that’s usually how we do it. (Wings president and CEO) Greg (Bibb) will get some clarity on certain parts of the game. We’ve just got to continue to keep our composure no matter what call is made and just continue to move forward.”
Despite her cheerful exit from the victory, Ogunbowale also commented on the deluge of technical calls.
“I don’t know how much I can even say,” she said. “I just feel like all around, from top to bottom, coaches, refs, I don’t know, everybody just needs to be able to control their emotions. Everybody’s going to be emotional in the game and I just feel like everybody needs to learn how to control their emotions.”
I wish I could say more but I ain’t tryna lose no mo money 🤭😂 great win tho‼️ https://t.co/iYY4hPQHPb— Arike Ogunbowale (@Arike_O) June 21, 2023
I wish I could say more but I ain’t tryna lose no mo money 🤭😂 great win tho‼️ https://t.co/iYY4hPQHPb