Stone criticized officials after loss to Baylor

Updated: January 31, 2005, 7:09 PM ET
Associated Press

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Oklahoma State guard Nina Stone apologized Monday for criticizing officials who called a foul with less than one second remaining in a 67-65 loss to Baylor (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today, No. 7 AP) on Saturday, giving the Bears an opportunity to win the game at the free-throw line.

"It was a great game and a hotly contested game," Stone said. "I was just frustrated and my remarks were not personal or directed toward the officials. They were inappropriate, however, and I apologize to our fans and to Baylor."

Steffanie Blackmon hit two free throws with 0.9 seconds remaining to lift Baylor to the win. The teams had been tied before a foul was called against Oklahoma State's Destanie Sykes as Blackmon went up for a shot from the left block.

After the game, Stone said: "Who calls a foul? I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I don't understand. Who calls a foul with .9 seconds left on the game clock? You've got to just let us play the game."


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