Emotions ran high during Kentucky’s 78-63 win over LSU on Friday in the SEC tournament quarterfinals.
In the fourth quarter, LSU coach Kim Mulkey, upset with a no-call against Kentucky guard Jazmine Massengill on a 3-point attempt by LSU’s Khayla Pointer, followed official Billy Smith onto the court, looking visibly upset.
Mulkey yelled at Smith before the official called the LSU coach for a technical. Eventually, LSU assistant coach Sytia Messer and players Autumn Newby and Faustine Aifuwa encouraged Mulkey to return to the bench and leave the court.
#LSU coach Kim Mulkey gets a technical foul in epic fashion. @KimMulkey @LSUwbkb pic.twitter.com/zNzJuLWGqd— Mike Scarborough (@ScarboroughMike) March 5, 2022
#LSU coach Kim Mulkey gets a technical foul in epic fashion. @KimMulkey @LSUwbkb pic.twitter.com/zNzJuLWGqd
“I thought she got fouled after the shot,” Mulkey said after the game. “She did not get fouled when she went up. But it’s been a point of emphasis. We’ve had it called on us two or three times this year.”
Without star guard Alexis Morris, the Tigers struggled, falling to No. 7 seed Kentucky in the SEC quarterfinal. LSU is expected to hold onto their No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament despite Friday’s upset loss.