LeBron James and Damian Lillard React to Controversial No-Call In Women’s March Madness

Published 03/31/2021, 12:12 AM EDT
Mar 29, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Paige Bueckers (5) celebrates as Baylor Lady Bears guard DiJonai Carrington (21) walks off the court in the Elite Eight of the 2021 Women’s NCAA Tournament at Alamodome. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


The month of March is the most exciting one for college basketball fans. The March Madness tournament always promises nail-biters, and it had a thriller last night too. The Baylor Bears faced the UConn Huskies in the Elite Eight in the women’s tournament, and NBA stars like LeBron James were also hooked.

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It was an intense and close game that went down to the final buzzer. UConn came in as the favorites but were given a run for their money by Baylor. The exciting game had a controversial ending when the referees failed to call a foul on Huskies’ Aaliyah Edwards.

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With just seconds left to go, Baylor were trailing by one. They gave the ball to Dijonai Carrington, who drove in before attempting a pull-up midrange shot. Edwards appeared to block the shot, but on closer inspection, it looked like a clear foul. But the refs didn’t call it, and that decided the result. The Huskies survived a scare and advanced to the Final Four with a one-point win.

LeBron James and other NBA stars also think it was a foul

After battling continuously for 48 minutes, the game ended on a contentious call. A lot of fans on social media immediately tweeted that it should have been a foul. Among those fans were NBA stars LeBron James, Damian Lillard, and Ja Morant.

LeBron first tweeted saying that it should have been a foul and seemed annoyed. But then he had a follow-up tweet where he expressed his appreciation for this exciting and intense game.

In his tweet, Lillard expressed his surprise at the no-call, and all he could do was question the officiating.

Morant, who is one of the biggest WNBA and women’s basketball supporters, wasn’t surprised by the call but wrote about how he understands the Bears’ plight. Morant is known for driving to the rim and getting calls so he knows how it feels when the refs make such decisions.

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UConn Huskies’ Paige Bueckers continues her excellent form in March Madness

Freshman Paige Bueckers has had a sensational tournament so far. She had a terrific regular season, and she has carried that form into the 2021 March Madness tournament.

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She scored 28 points against Baylor and proved that she is one of the best players around. Her performance was crucial for the Huskies, and she stepped up when the team needed her. The Huskies will be hoping Bueckers can continue this run as they hope to win their 12th NCAA title.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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