3 women’s basketball teams withdraw from Vegas tournament

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Three women’s basketball teams have pulled out of a Las Vegas tournament as part of the continuing fallout from a similar event at the Strip resort over Thanksgiving weekend that raised safety concerns.

Dayton, Purdue and Texas A&M are out of the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic at South Point Arena. Those schools, according to tournament operations manager Bret Seymour, agreed to be additions to his tournament in conjunction with officials from Destination Basketball, which hosted the Las Vegas Invitational at The Mirage last month.

“We all want to give our players an opportunity to play the game they love,” Texas A&M coach Joni Taylor said in a statement. “Given the circumstances surrounding the Las Vegas Invitational, we have decided to withdraw from the tournament. We are very grateful to Purdue for being accommodating and allowing us to host them.”

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The Las Vegas Invitational experienced many problems, including a lack of on-site medical personnel, which resulted in Auburn freshman Kharyssa Richardson lying on the court for 50 minutes after taking a hard fall and appearing to hit her head before paramedics arrived. arrived.

Indiana coach Teri Moren considered not playing after Richardson’s injury, but current no. 4 Hoosiers took the field and beat Memphis 79-64. Moren said after the game that she thought women’s basketball “took a few steps back” as a result of the tournament conditions, which also included fans sitting on folding chairs instead of in the stands.

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The Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic will be played Dec. 19-21 and features Campbell, Cleveland State, Jacksonville State, Lindenwood and Utah Tech.

“The five teams that were going to be at South Point were five teams that we already had,” Seymour said. “To be honest, our other five are happy that they (the three who withdrew) are not there anymore because they like it as a non-Power Five event. We took those three to help. It is OK. It’s actually better for us because they’re not there this year for that event.”

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Sport Tours International runs the South Point tournament as well as two others in Las Vegas, and has overseen events in the city for 14 years.

Seymour said three Power Five teams found out they would be playing at South Point rather than The Mirage and decided to pull out.

“Destination Basketball had contracts with Purdue, Texas A&M and Dayton,” Seymour said. “We didn’t. … We were surprised that they claimed not to know.”


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