WNBA: Foul called in Mercury-Lynx game wrong

Posted at 2:16 PM, Sep 28, 2015

The Phoenix Mercury's playoff run -- and season -- ended Sunday night in a tough and controversial 72-71 loss against the Minnesota Lynx.

Putting salt on the wound, the WNBA announced Monday that a last-minute foul called against the Mercury's Noelle Quinn shouldn't have been called in the first place.

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"The call was horrible," Mercury center Brittney Griner told ABC15 on Monday. "The league acknowledged that. Thank you for acknowledging that, but it doesn't do anything. They're not going to bring the game back and play overtime."

The teams were tied at 71-71 with 5.4 seconds left in the game. The Lynx's Maya Moore deflected and stole a pass from Quinn, and Quinn was then called for a reach-in foul.

Moore made the first free throw and missed the second, giving the team a one-point win over the Mercury to advance to the WNBA Finals.

"After reviewing postgame video and interviewing last night’s game officials, we have determined a foul should not have been called on Quinn for contact on Moore while Moore was attempting to advance the ball," said WNBA Chief of Basketball Operations and Player Relations Renee Brown in a statement.

But as Griner noted: Despite the reassurance that the foul was wrong, the outcome doesn't change.