UNLV, Utah State Women's Basketball Brawl Results in 8 Ejections

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 8, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 03: Wilson NCAA basketballs are seen at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 3, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
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Eight players were ejected from Saturday night's women's basketball clash between the UNLV Lady Rebels and Utah State Aggies following a third-quarter brawl.  

With the Aggies clinging to a 36-32 edge, tempers flared between UNLV center Katie Powell and Utah State forward Antoina Robinson

The Mountain West Network's Tyler Bischoff relayed video of the incident: 

"Throughout the game she was playing a little dirty. Words were exchanged. I just told her to chill out," Powell said of Robinson, per the Las Vegas Review-Journal's Betsy Helfand. "And then we came to the other side of the floor. Brooke got fouled. I was walking to go help her up. She bumped me and then pushed me and then I just kind of swung at her."

According to Utah State's official Twitter account, Powell and Robinson were assessed technical fouls for their role in the scrum, while eight players total were tossed after portions of each team's bench cleared. 

"For the players that did leave the bench, they didn’t know better," UNLV coach Kathy Olivier said, per Helfand. "That was all our new players that did that. Do I ever go over that? No. I didn’t think I needed to do that, so that’s my mistake (not) saying that you can never leave the bench."

The Lady Rebels proceeded to outscore the Aggies 27-24 in the second half to force overtime, and they churned out a 55-53 win following a tight extra session.