Colorado's Putnina suspended one game for elbow

Updated: March 2, 2007, 11:32 AM ET
Associated Press

BOULDER, Colo. -- Colorado's Aija Putnina was suspended one game for throwing an elbow to the face of Kansas' Shaquina Mosley, the Big 12 announced Monday.

Putnina was ejected from Sunday's contest after landing the elbow when Mosley came down with a missed 3-pointer with 59 seconds left in the first half. Mosley suffered a concussion, the conference said in a statement.

"Although Ms. Putnina may not have intended to strike her opponent, the swinging of her elbow was dangerous and led to excessive contact that caused injury," Big 12 Commissioner Kevin Weiberg said in a statement. "We will continue to penalize this type of conduct and convey the message that it is unacceptable."

Putnina will serve her suspension Tuesday, when Colorado faces conference rival Nebraska.

In a statement, CU athletic director Mike Bohn said he and coach Kathy McConnell-Miller support the Big 12's decision.

Colorado beat Kansas 59-50.


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