Post-game update: A pool reporter asked the referees about the technical foul called on Caitlin Clark. They answered the question as follows:
The refs’ statement on the Caitlin Clark technical pic.twitter.com/tfqIC2o8wv— Maggie Hendricks (@maggiehendricks) April 2, 2023
Third quarter update: In a game that has featured several poor calls, this one easily takes the cake.
Caitlin Clark got a technical foul for ... this pic.twitter.com/inXeaY84Wx— Kyle Boone (@Kyle__Boone) April 2, 2023
Not only was this a technical foul on Clark, it was also a personal foul which gives her four for the game. She’s likely going to have to sit for a good portion of the final quarter with Iowa trailing by 11. The Hawkeyes have three starters with four fouls, and Clark’s situation is going to command the most attention. The officials have a tough job but this is one you should probably let go. If LSU head coach Kim Mulkey isn’t getting a technical for chewing out the refs on every possession, Clark should be fine here.
This didn’t get a Tech… pic.twitter.com/kxqz5tWz8p— Kirk Goldsberry (@kirkgoldsberry) April 2, 2023
You may have thought you were going to watch Iowa’s Caitlin Clark battle Angel Reese in what is perhaps the most anticipated women’s basketball game in history.
Instead you got a big dose of Lisa Jones, Pualani Spurlock-Welsh, and Michol Murray; the three referees selected to officiate the 2023 NCAA national championship game between No. 3 LSU and No. 2 Iowa.
For context, 30 total personal fouls were called in the LSU-Virginia Tech semifinal game, and 38 were called in the Iowa-South Carolina semifinal game. At halftime of the championship game, the officiating crew has already called 21 personal fouls — 12 on LSU and nine on Iowa.
The sports world — commentators, fans, and athletes alike — have chimed in on the questionable officiating in this game on Twitter. Clark and Reese both now head into the half in foul trouble.
These refs out here bout to foul LSU whole team out.— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) April 2, 2023
This is a TERRIBLE call for Angel’s 2nd foul man…… pic.twitter.com/mqb4D9u3tQ— AJ King (@allday_ajking) April 2, 2023
Just absurd pic.twitter.com/U40gdFdBmP— Barstool Iowa (@BarstoolUIowa) April 2, 2023
The early story of the #NationalChampionship?— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) April 2, 2023
Foul trouble for both teams.
The Athletic's writers and the sports world react. pic.twitter.com/ALarkWTY9Y