LAS VEGAS — Three girls’s basketball groups have withdrawn from a Las Vegas match as a part of persevering with fallout from an analogous occasion at a Strip resort over Thanksgiving weekend the place security considerations had been raised.
Dayton, Purdue and Texas A&M are out of the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic at South Point Arena. Those colleges, in accordance with match operations supervisor Bret Seymour, had agreed to be additions to his match in coordination with officers from Destination Basketball, which ran the Las Vegas Invitational final month at The Mirage.
“We are all about giving our players the opportunity to play the game they love,” Texas A&M coach Joni Taylor mentioned in a press release. “Given the circumstances surrounding the Las Vegas Invitational, we decided to withdraw from the tournament. We are very thankful to Purdue for being adaptable and for allowing us to host them” as an alternative.
The Las Vegas Invitational skilled many issues, together with not having medical personnel on web site, which resulted in Auburn freshman Kharyssa Richardson mendacity on the court docket for 50 minutes after falling arduous and showing to hit her head earlier than EMTs arrived.
Indiana coach Teri Moren thought-about not enjoying after Richardson’s damage, however the now-No. 4 Hoosiers took the court docket and beat Memphis 79-64. Moren mentioned after the sport that she thought girls’s basketball “had taken a couple of steps backwards” as a result of tournament conditions that also included fans sitting on folding chairs rather than bleachers.
The Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic will be played Dec. 19-21 and includes Campbell, Cleveland State, Jacksonville State, Lindenwood and Utah Tech.
“The 5 groups which can be going to be on the South Point had been 5 groups we already had,” Seymour said. “To be trustworthy, our different 5 are glad they [the three that withdrew] aren’t there anymore as a result of they prefer it as a non-Power 5 occasion. We took these three to assist. It’s OK. It’s actually really higher for us as a result of they don’t seem to be there this 12 months for that individual occasion.”
Sport Tours International runs the South Point tournament as well as two others in Las Vegas, and it has overseen events in the city for 14 years.
Seymour said the three Power 5 teams discovered they would be playing at South Point rather than The Mirage and decided to withdraw.
“Destination Basketball had the contracts with Purdue, Texas A&M and Dayton,” Seymour said. “We didn’t. … We had been stunned they claimed they did not know.”