HOUSTON, TX (WAFB) - The SWAC and Southern University handed out punishments to players on the Jaguar women's basketball team for their involvement in a brawl that ended the game against Texas Southern in Houston on Saturday.
Originally, the SWAC had ruled Southern would get the win since the Lady Jags were leading 51-49 when the game ended. Both teams would end with 16-2 records and share the SWAC regular season title.
However, the conference reviewed the ruling and concluded Monday night that both teams would get a loss since less than 30 minutes were played. As a result, the Jags (15-3) lost the title to Texas Southern (16-2).
The brawl took place with 12:36 left in the game. The Lady Jags had stolen the ball and were going to score when there was a collision under the basket. A TSU player was the first aggressor, but things quickly got out of control. The fight moved all over and off the court until it was finally brought to an end.
Dr. William Broussard, athletic director at Southern, said he was waiting for more word from the conference office, but initially handed out punishments to two players, according to a release from Southern Athletics.
"As we await a final verdict from the Southwestern Athletic Conference regarding potential suspensions, senior guard Keonia Parrish has been dismissed from the women's basketball program for actions detrimental to the team," Broussard said in the written release. "Kenidi Robinson has also been suspended indefinitely for her involvement in Saturday's incident."
The SWAC also handed out punishments, suspending a total of 15 players from both teams for one game. Seven of those players are from Southern: Shaquandria Litmon, Jadea Brundidge, Yasmine Nelson, Jasmine Jefferson, Kendra Coleman, Corteni Purnell and Keonia Parrish, who will be suspended for two games.
"We would like to reiterate that any behavior of this nature is extreme and completely beyond the boundaries of tolerable," Southern head coach Sandy Pugh said of Parrish's dismissal. "As a result, we felt that an immediate dismissal was warranted."
Southern ended the regular season in second place and will be the No. 2 seed heading into the SWAC tournament. The Lady Jaguars will first face No. 7 seed Grambling at noon on Wednesday in Houston.