MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Lynx are upset. Their coach is upset. Their fans are upset. Gov. Mark Dayton is upset.

Now the WNBA says it doesn’t blame them for feeling that way.

The Los Angeles Sparks got a season-ending 77-76 win against the Lynx, but the game didn’t end without controversy.

Down by 8 with roughly three minutes left, Minnesota went on an 8-0 run to tie the score at 71 with one and a half minutes left. After both teams traded baskets, Maya Moore put the Lynx up by one with 15 seconds to play.

Then the Sparks countered, missing their first shot but league MVP Nneka Ogwumike got the offensive rebound and made what turned out to be the game winner.

There was a controversial no-call on a shot clock violation late in the game. One of the Sparks players appeared to make the basket after the clock expired.

Rules allow officials to look at a replay immediately after the shot to determine if it should count, but that option was not taken.

“It’s not fair to the players. It’s not enough to apologize and send out a memo that they got something wrong,” Coach Cheryl Reeve said Thursday night. “These players are so invested and something must be done about the officiating in this league because it is not fair to these great players that we have.”

On Friday, the WNBA responded with a statement from chief of basketball operations and player relations Renee Brown.

“After reviewing postgame video, we have determined that Nneka Ogwumike’s shot with 1:14 remaining in regulation time should not have counted due to a shot-clock violation, and that the referees improperly failed to review the play under the instant replay rules.”

This is Los Angeles’ first championship since 2002. The loss took away the Lynx’ hope for four titles in six seasons.

Comments (8)
  1. Mark Schmitz says:

    Replay the game

  2. Dennis says:

    I agree, replay the game.

  3. renoski in Tijeras says:

    cannot replay the game-the officials blew it-fix the bush league officiating -A Lynx fan (hat and all) bu despite my love of Minneapolis Lynx am a hard core bb fan/former player…The game is over,you cannot take back hard earned celebration of the winners…no way =Renoski in Tijeras

  4. Eric Jeanotte says:

    Replay the game…LA would have loss!!!!

  5. tony mann says:

    After game 4 the refs blew a call that factored in the sparks loss.

    The deserving championship Los Angeles coach said….

    Los Angeles coach Brian Agler told The Associated Press in a phone interview Monday night that while he was happy the league reviewed the play, he didn’t want to dwell on it.

    “Champions don’t make excuses. We had our opportunities,” he said.

    It was the second consecutive year that Minnesota was involved in a blown call late in a playoff game.

    Last year in the Western Conference finals, the Lynx benefited from a foul with 1.5 seconds left in a tie game against Phoenix.

    That’s leader ship. That’s a CHAMPION.
    Stop crying girls….

  6. Russell Lien says:

    I Lover the Lynx. The officiating needs to improve. It was a Great series. To bad anone had to lose

  7. Marilyn M says:

    I’m a MN Lynx fan, and what I say is, last year, this year, Game 4, Game 5……let’s get some decent refs, PERIOD! The women in the WNBA are professionals, and deserve the same quality of standard in refs. They all play a long hard season, let’s respect their abilities and in turn grant them seasoned, well trained and experienced refs. Congrats Sparks on your great season.