Myshia Hines-Allen and Sophie Cunningham exchanged words on the court Thursday, but the beef between the players has not ended there.
The duo got into it during the first quarter of the Phoenix Mercury’s 80-75 win over the Washington Mystics, with Washington’s Hines-Allen stepping over Phoenix’s Cunningham after the latter missed a 3-pointer. Cunningham responded by grabbing Hines-Allen’s leg.
The players had to be separated by teammates and each received a technical foul.
Sophie Cunningham and Myisha Hines-Allen exchanged words following this block attempt.They both received technical fouls. pic.twitter.com/dtnAsVmlfW— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 15, 2022
Sophie Cunningham and Myisha Hines-Allen exchanged words following this block attempt.They both received technical fouls. pic.twitter.com/dtnAsVmlfW
Following the game, though, Cunningham called the incident “nothing.”
“We’re feisty here,” Cunningham said postgame. “I thought I got fouled, she stepped over me, so why can’t I be a little feisty and sassy?”
Her Mercury teammate Diana Taurasi, who was involved in a controversial play of her own Thursday, said that she’s not concerned about the guard.
“In life there are certain people you don’t worry about,” Taurasi said. “I don’t worry about Sophie. If she was in a dark alley by herself, she’d be alright.”
Early Friday morning, Hines-Allen seemingly tweeted in response to Taurasi’s comment, writing, “Let’s go in an alley then…”
Let’s go in an alley then ...— Myisha (@Mooks_22) July 15, 2022
Let’s go in an alley then ...
The altercation has sparked recollection of a similar incident during last season’s playoffs, in which Chicago’s Kahleah Copper famously “stepped over” Cunningham in the WNBA Finals. At the time, Cunningham asserted that Copper had “grabbed my neck” and said that people could “put me on all the T-shirts you want.”
Copper, who was named the 2021 WNBA Finals MVP, later responded by dropping the T-shirt on her website.