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Kim Mulkey erupts at ref during LSU’s loss to Kentucky in SEC tourney

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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.

“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.