An on-court brawl ensued in Wednesday’s SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament game between the Kentucky Wildcats and Florida Gators that led to eight ejections after a 20-minute delay.
It all happened when the Wildcats scored a transition layup in the second quarter of the game. As the ball left the rim and hit the court, Kentucky’s Ajae Petty lifted it in front of Florida’s Tatyana Wyche, who objected to the act.
Wyche tried to hit Petty with the ball, and after missing, charged at her looking for an altercation. This caused both benches to clear up, since they quickly separated to alleviate the situation.
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Wyche was still fuming as she returned to the Florida bench, but she wouldn’t be around for long.
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After 20 minutes, with the umpires trying to assess the situation via replay review, Wyche was among four Gators who were ejected from the game. Ra Shaya Kyle, Faith Dut, and Wyche’s twin sister Taliyah Wyche were also expelled.
Meanwhile, Kentucky also had four players ejected: Petty, Eniya Russell, Saniah Tyler and Zenniah Thomas.
The game ended up being a decisive victory for the Wildcats, who advanced in the tournament with a 72-57 victory. Robyn Benton was the team’s leading scorer with 20 points on 7-of-17 shooting from the ground with five rebounds, two assists and two steals as well. Jada Walker also had 13, while Adebola Adeyeye lost 11 points.
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Petty played 19 minutes in the contest, making 2-of-3 shots for four points.
Tatyana Wyche was in the game for just five minutes, making her only shot of the contest for two points. Nina Rickards was Florida’s leading scorer with 19 points, five rebounds, one assist and three steals.
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Kentucky now moves on to face Alabama in the second round of the tournament on Thursday at 8:15 pm ET.