Emotions rose when Kentucky defeated LSU 78-63 in Friday’s SEC tournament quarterfinals.
In the fourth quarter, LSU coach Kim Mulkey was clearly upset by Kentucky guard Jazzmin Masengil, following an official Billy Smith, with a three-point attempt by LSU’s Kayla Pointer to make a no-call. It looked like it was.
Marquee yelled at Smith before officials asked LSU coaches for technology. Eventually, LSU assistant coach Sytia Messer and players Autumn Newby and Faustine Aifuwa advised Marquee to return to the bench and leave the court.
“I thought she was fouled after the shoot,” Marquee said after the match. “She wasn’t dirty when she got up, but that was a point of emphasis. I’ve called a couple of times this year.”
The lack of starguard Alexis Morris made the Tigers struggle and fell to seventh-seeded Kentucky in the SEC quarterfinals. LSU is expected to retain its second-place seed in the NCAA tournament despite a confusing defeat on Friday.