OGDEN, Utah -- The Big Sky Conference has suspended three
women's basketball officials for misapplication of a rule during
the Eastern Washington-Montana State game in Bozeman, Mont., on
Glenn Mayberry, Julie May and Chuck Rydzak have all been
suspended for one Big Sky game for failing to apply a rule
Montana State had six players on the floor on defense with 7:09
left in the first half. An out-of-bounds play ended with an Eastern
Washington field goal.
The officiating crew called a technical on Montana State, but
mistakenly nullified the two points scored by EWU on the play, the
Having six players on the floor is an officials' mistake, but
not a correctable one. Removing the two points scored by Eastern
Washington was a misapplication of the rule, the league said.
"We defer to officials for judgment calls," said Big Sky
Conference Commissioner Doug Fullerton. "But on an application of
a rule, with three officials on the floor, we expect them to get it
right. As a league, we are very supportive of our officials, but a
misapplication of a rule cannot be tolerated."
Eastern Washington won the game 63-56.
The Big Sky Conference has suspended three women's basketball officials for misapplication of a rule during the Eastern Washington-Montana State game on Feb. 25.