NSIC disciplines game officials after Sioux Falls’ win nixed

Published 6:19 pm Sunday, January 10, 2016

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference is disciplining game officials after a rule misapplication contributed to Sioux Falls losing a women’s basketball game to Winona State.

Fans rushed the court after Sioux Falls senior guard Taylor Varsho nailed a 30-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Cougars an apparent 59-58 win Friday night.

But officials put fractions of a second back on the clock and called a technical foul on USF for fan interference. Winona State’s Alexis Foley hit both free throws, and the Warriors won 60-59.

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On Sunday, the NSIC said the crew in charge of officiating did not properly adjudicate the rules. Each of the game officials will receive a letter of reprimand and will be suspended from four NSIC games, and cannot officiate in the 2016 postseason.