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Police investigating postgame punch in Memphis-Bowling Green WNIT game

By Sara Tidwell,


Bowling Green earned its 30th win of the season Thursday night, downing Memphis 73-60 in the Women's NIT. The celebration did not last long because of an ugly postgame incident that is now being investigated by police.

With the teams in the handshake line, Memphis fifth-year guard Jamirah Shutes faced off against BGSU senior guard Elissa Brett. Angry discussion turned into Shutes punching Brett in the face, as seen in the video below.

Brett collapsed to the court and Shutes was led away by her team. (Warning: Violent content.)

Brett reportedly walked to the locker room with assistance.

Bowling Green Athletics said in a statement that campus police are investigating the altercation:

The incident that took place following tonight's home WNIT game has been turned over to the BGSU Police Department. Bowling Green State University Athletics does not make comments about active police investigations. Our priority is with the health, safety and support of our student-athletes.

BGSU coach Robyn Fralick did not provide many details in her postgame news conference (via Michael Burwell of the Toledo Blade).

When asked about the post game altercation, BGSU women's basketball coach Robyn Fralick said: "We’re still kind of figuring all those things out what happened." When asked about status of Elissa Brett, who was punched by a Memphis player: "We’re still figuring all that out too."

— Michael Burwell (@Michael_Burwell) March 24, 2023

There was no immediate word on potential discipline for Shutes.

(This story will be updated.)

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