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Kim Mulkey says discussion of LSU-South Carolina fight has been ‘a little bit sexist’

LSU women’s basketball fell short of capturing its first SEC Tournament title since 2003, losing 79-72 in the championship game against unbeaten South Carolina.

However, what was an exciting game was largely overshadowed by the fight  in the waning minutes that led to the ejection of six players, including star Gamecocks center Kamilla Cardoso.

Naturally, the incident received widespread attention, but coach Kim Mulkey thinks it has been overblown. She said it wouldn’t have received nearly the coverage it did if it happened in a men’s game.

“Call a foul,” Mulkey said. “We like to play, and let them play, but at the end of the day a foul that’s just pretty obvious, you’ve got to call it. Had nothing to do with the outcome of the game. Might have prevented what happened at the end of the game, I don’t know. But when you have two tough teams that play so hard that are so good and compete, those kind of things happen.

“And it’s so out of control with the media right now. You don’t get this much attention when men do it, so why do you keep writing it about the women? It really comes across, and I’ll just say it, it comes across as a little bit sexist. And you’re tearing down two great teams. You’re tearing down a woman that coaches one of those teams.

“Stop it. It’s not newsworthy after the first introduction. And I’ve seen every men’s game that has had something like that and it’s no big deal. We mention it, we move on. Nobody got in a fight. There was no punches thrown. There was nobody choked. It was a shoving match. Whoop-dee-doo, so let’s move on.”

LSU will look to put the scuffle behind it as it prepares to learn its NCAA Tournament fate on Sunday. The Tigers are projected to be a No. 2 seed.

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