SPRINGFIELD, Mo–The Drury Lady Panthers will tip off the NCAA Division 2 Midwest Regional Friday night without two of their star players.
Great Lakes Valley Conference commissioner Jim Naumovich suspended Paige Robinson and Emily Parker from competiting against Kentucky Wesleyan.
In Sunday’s GLVC’s championship game, Bellarmine’s Mikayla Berry shoved Deajah Bernard to the floor two times.
During the altercation, Robinson and Parker left the bench area and walked a few feet toward the incident before being grabbed by an assistant coach.
Both were ejected for leaving the bench, and conference rules say anyone ejected cannot play in their next game.
Robinson is the GLVC Freshman of the Year and averages 15 points per game.
Parker starts and averages seven and a half points per game.
Drury coach Molly Miller appealed the decision, but it was denied.
So she’ll open NCAA Tournament play without two of her top players.
The GLVC Coach of the Year says Drury will abide by the ruling.
Remember Drury is the top ranked team in the country and it undefeated at 31-0.
Miller is not happy, and would only comment on the situation with a written statement.
It reads in part: “The Drury womens basketball team will continue to pride ourselves on combining sportsmanship with a competitive spirit, and a deep love for the game.
We now joyfully look forward to the excitement of the postseason and our commitment to our university, and our fans, and to the greatest game ever to be played-the game of basketball.”