Indiana women’s basketball coach criticizes Las Vegas tournament: “We totally missed it”
Indiana women’s basketball coach Teri Moren took issue with the conditions under which the Hoosiers and the rest of the Las Vegas Invitational teams were forced to play over the weekend.
The Las Vegas Invitational featured 10 teams playing at The Mirage Hotel & Casino, just off the famous Las Vegas Strip, but the games were actually held in a ballroom with almost no seats. Moren specifically pointed to the lack of available medical personnel and security at the event.
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Moren said he considered not playing in Saturday’s game after Auburn freshman Kharyssa Richardson fell to the ground and left the game against Colorado State. There was a 50-minute delay in the game while waiting for medical personnel to arrive, and pushed the start time of Indiana’s game against Memphis.
Moren said he had no problem with the playing surface or the event being held in the ballroom. She added that she received an apology from the site’s coordinator, Ryan Polk.
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“I think there are other people who probably need to apologize as well for wanting us to go and play in this event,” Moren said. “This is not what was described to us as far as what the venue would look like, what the setup would look like.”
Moren said he spoke with Indiana athletic director Scott Dolson to decide if it would be safe enough for his team to play. The Hoosiers ultimately beat Memphis 79-64.
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“It’s not a fan-friendly environment,” he said. “As I told the site coordinator, as women’s basketball coaches, we’re trying to move our game forward. I felt that because you got so many tics on social media (media) we had taken a couple of steps back at this point, and I I shared with the site coordinator, “We have an obligation to grow our game, and we completely missed this opportunity because there are so many really good teams here.”
Associated Press contributed to this report.