Big 12 announces penalties for Kansas and Missouri

DALLAS -- The Big 12 Conference has announced penalties for the post-game incident that occurred at the Jan. 10, 2004, Kansas at Missouri women's basketball game.

A total of five student-athletes have received suspensions for violating the Big 12 Conference's Principles and Standards of Sportsmanship by engaging in flagrant misconduct and not showing proper restraint in their conduct during the post-game altercation.

Three Kansas student-athletes have been suspended for one game each. Kansas junior forward Kandis Bonner was suspended for kicking a Missouri student-athlete and sophomore forward/center Tamara Ransburg received a suspension for attempting to strike a Missouri student-athlete. Junior guard Larisha Graves was suspended for grabbing a Missouri student-athlete from behind during the altercation and causing the opponent to fall to the court. In addition, Kansas freshman forward Lauren Ervin received a public reprimand for taunting the Missouri team after the game.

The Big 12 Conference has suspended Missouri senior guard MyEsha Perkins and sophomore center Christelle N'Garsanet for one game each for their attempts to strike members of the Kansas team. Missouri added another game suspension to Ms. Perkins' penalty.

In addition, the Big 12 noted that Kansas head coach Marian Washington made public comments that were contrary to Conference policy. Commissioner Kevin Weiberg stated: "I am pleased that University of Kansas Athletic Director Lew Perkins has adequately addressed this issue with Coach Washington.

"Further, the issues raised publicly were not the cause of the unsporting behavior by players, based upon the information available at this time," added Weiberg. "Finally, it appears that Missouri game management worked to prevent further escalation of the incident in an appropriate manner."

University of Kansas Athletic Director Lew Perkins and University of Missouri Athletic Director Mike Alden issued the following joint statement: "The administrators, coaches and student-athletes of our two great institutions regret the unfortunate incident that followed our women's basketball game Saturday night. The incident put a damper on what was an outstanding night of athletic competition, and none of us is proud of it."

"We have spoken to our administrators, to our coaches and to our student-athletes. We both encourage sporting behavior and support the Big 12 Conference's Code of Conduct. We will do our best to ensure that everyone involved in our athletics programs behave in a manner that brings credit to themselves, intercollegiate athletics, the conference and our universities. We expect our fans to do the same," added Perkins and Alden.

"There is no place for this kind of activity in college sports," said Weiberg. "We appreciate the two institutions and their athletic directors for taking prompt action in this matter."


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