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ADs respond to postgame hoops melee

UH-West Virginia women’s contest occurred Sunday

November 19, 2013
The Maui News

The athletic directors for the University of Hawaii and West Virginia issued statements Monday following a postgame melee involving their women's basketball teams the previous day.

After the Mountaineers' 59-56 victory at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, fans from both teams got into a fight behind the West Virginia bench.

Heckling from both sides took place during the game, which was part of the Rainbow Wahine Classic.

UH athletic director Ben Jay suffered back spasms after being struck while trying to break up the melee.

No arrests or serious injuries were reported.

"We apologize to our fans and our visitors from West Virginia for the unfortunate incident that occurred following our women's basketball game last night," Jay said. "We're pleased that no one was seriously injured and we appreciate those who assisted with keeping it from escalating further. We will speak to the parties involved and take the appropriate action to address this particular situation and help avoid future incidents."

West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck said: "I have spoken to the University of Hawaii Director of Athletics as well as with our women's basketball head coach and team administrator. Our team is currently traveling back from Hawaii, and we are in the process of obtaining more facts about the unfortunate incident that took place after the game and prior to the trophy presentation."



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