Phoenix Mercury head coach Sandy Brondello expressed her frustrations with the officiating following her team’s Game 3 loss to the Chicago Sky in the WNBA Finals.
“We knew that no fouls were going to be called on us. I mean, all the fouls on us and now going to the free throw line and they hold their whistle,” said Brondello in her post-game press conference, “I’m not a coach that stands up here and goes, yeah, the officials and blame and blame, but they just need to be a little bit more consistent.”
Brondello’s complaints followed Chicago Sky coach James Wade’s, who sounded off about the calls in Game 2 after his side shot four free throws all game.
After a season of refereeing complaints, Brondello says specific steps by the league could improve overall officiating.
“Keeping refereeing in our league, refereeing more games and not doing college, two different rules, I think that helps. That’s one of them. You need money for that, too.”
Phoenix shot 14 free throws to Chicago’s 22 in Friday night’s Game 3. The two teams face off again on Sunday in Game 4 of the WNBA Finals at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN.