At one crucial point in the WNBA Finals Game 4, the Minnesota Lynx had the ball while leading 79-77 with 26.1 seconds left. They couldn’t get the ball past the midcourt line within eight seconds but no call was made. The Lynx held on to tie the series, 85-79, and force a winner-take-all Game 5.
The league released a statement Monday admitting the missed no-call.
“After reviewing postgame video, we have determined that with 0:17.7 remaining in regulation time, Minnesota released the ball for a pass from the backcourt and the ball was still in the backcourt when the shot clock turned to 0:16,” the statement said. “An 8-second violation should have been called on Minnesota. This play is not a trigger to review via instant replay.”
Los Angeles guard Kristi Toliver said after the game that the officials had missed the call.
“Absolutely not,” she said when asked whether Minnesota had gotten the ball over in time. “I think they forgot they had to get the ball over the line. But that’s life. We can’t leave it up to the officials to determine a series. We have to go take it, and that’s what we plan on doing in Game 5.”
Los Angeles coach Brian Agler told The Associated Press in a phone interview Monday night that while he was happy the league reviewed the play, he didn’t want to dwell on it.
“Champions don’t make excuses. We had our opportunities,” he said.