Cameron Brink Falls to the Floor After Nasty Elbow in the Chest

Published 02/12/2024, 10:08 PM EST

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#6 Stanford took another win by beating down the Washington State Cougars at their home ground, by a score of 73-58. Held at Beasley Coliseum, the game remained a back-to-back fight for the lead throughout the 4 quarters. Notably, the Cougars kept the lead in the 1st and 3rd quarters, leaving the Cardinals trailing behind by 7 and 1 points respectively. However, the Cardinals successfully bounced back in both 2nd and 4th quarters by having a 10 and 13 point lead.

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Cameron Brink, the lead scorer for the team contributed 21 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists, along with Hannah Jump hooping 20 points and 4 assists. Similarly, Kiki Iriafen contributeed 17 points, 14 rebounds, and 5 assists to the winning score. However, Brink didn’t see the blow coming her way, taking her down with pain.

Cameron Brink took a hit to the chest

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The matchup between the Stanford Cardinals and the Washington State Cougars witnessed an awkward moment when the Cardinals’ star player Cameron Brink got elbowed by the Washington State’s center Bella Murekatete. Bella’s elbow hit Brink’s mid-section so hard that Brink fell on the floor hard in pain.

Taking this act under their scrutiny, the officials observed it again on the monitor and established that it was an intentional foul made by the 5th year center on her opponent. As a result, she was benched for the rest of the game while 2 free throws were given to the Cardinals to grow the lead.

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An intentional foul is a foul that is an excessive one, however, not based on the severity of the act. Similarly, by the looks of it, Bella was feeling frustrated that Cameron had her arm up around her, however, this kind of display by an experienced player is being factored as an unsportsmanship-like behavior.

Without a doubt Cameron Brink has been a standout player for the Cardinals who dominates both ends of the court. Her shot-blocking ability, defense, and versatile gameplay makes her an asset for her team.

On the other hand, Bella holds the distinction of being the first Rwanda-born player in the NCAA Division I women’s basketball history. She also represents her national team while playing for the Washington State Cougars.

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What’s an intentional foul?

In NCAA basektball, an intentional foul is a different kind of monster. When a player commits a foul with a specific intent, which is very often the case, and then not disrupt an opponent’s play, then two scenarios emerge.

The first one being when a player fails to make a legitimate attempt to play the ball, instead they intentionally fouls an opponent. As a result it is counted as an intentional foul. The second criteria is when a player’s foul comes with a purpose to nagate their opponent’s obvious advantageous position. For instance, preventing a fast break or an easy scoring opportunity.

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While there are consequences, the fouls typically result in free throws for the fouled player and possession of the ball for the opposing team. This is how things emerge during the recent match.

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