A technical foul and opportunity lost for Louisville

Two minutes, 42 seconds remained in regulation Friday night, in a Women’s Final Four semifinal that was going down to the final possession. Fuehring, cheap nfl jerseys from china Louisville’s 6-foot-2 junior forward, spent most of Friday night struggling to contain Mississippi State’s 6-foot-7 junior center Teaira McCowan, and Fuehring wasn’t happy about it. McCowan finished with 25 rebounds, 13 on the offensive glass, plus 21 points, carrying the Bulldogs to a 73-63 overtime victory while playing the full 45 minutes.

“I tried my hardest to keep her off the boards,” Fuehring said. “The refs were not calling anything in my favor so that did not help.”

McCowan is probably headed for a productive career in the WNBA, and nothing Fuehring tried worked. With Louisville trailing 54-53 and less than three minutes to play in regulation, Cardinals coach Jeff Walz told Fuehring to front McCowan. Mississippi State’s Victoria Vivians missed a jumper, and while Fuehring and McCowan tangled for rebounding position, Fuehring said McCowan shoved a forearm into her neck, snapping her head back and driving her to the floor. Whistle. Foul on Fuehring, her fourth.

“When I heard that call, I was confused,” Fuehring said. “I was frustrated. That’s when I slapped the floor.”

The technical foul call brought Walz scampering down the sideline from his bench, screaming at the officials. Morgan William, the best foul shooter in the Southeastern Conference, hit both for a 56-53 Bulldogs lead. Louisville, however, responded with the next six points before Mississippi State’s Roshunda Johnson, cutting open when the Cardinals were slow to foul, hit a tying 3-pointer with seven seconds to play.

The technical irked Walz as much as anything, on a maddening night that saw the Cardinals twice miss potential winning shots at the end of regulation, then shoot 1-for-10 from the field in overtime.

“I struggled with that call right there and then,” Walz said in the hallway outside the Louisville locker room at Nationwide Arena. “If she said something derogatory to the official, nfl cheap jerseys fine. But slapping the floor? How many technical fouls would the Duke men’s basketball team have had back about 15 years ago when they slapped the floor to be on defense? God forbid. So I struggled with that one.”