Palmer first female to ref NBA playoff game

Updated: April 25, 2006, 11:52 PM ET
Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Violet Palmer became the first woman to referee an NBA playoff game, working Game 2 of the first-round series between the Indiana Pacers and New Jersey Nets on Tuesday night.

Palmer worked the game with veteran officials Steve Javie and Ken Mauer.

Palmer, 41, is the only female official in the NBA. The Los Angeles resident is in her ninth season.

Dee Kanter is the only other woman to referee an NBA game.

Before joining the NBA, Palmer officiated ...

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