Big Sky suspends three officials for error

OGDEN, Utah -- The Big Sky Conference has suspended three
women's basketball officials for misapplication of a rule during
the Eastern Washington-Montana State game in Bozeman, Mont., on
Feb. 25.
Glenn Mayberry, Julie May and Chuck Rydzak have all been
suspended for one Big Sky game for failing to apply a rule
Montana State had six players on the floor on defense with 7:09
left in the first half. An out-of-bounds play ended with an Eastern
Washington field goal.
The officiating crew called a technical on Montana State, but
mistakenly nullified the two points scored by EWU on the play, the
league said.
Having six players on the floor is an officials' mistake, but
not a correctable one. Removing the two points scored by Eastern
Washington was a misapplication of the rule, the league said.
"We defer to officials for judgment calls," said Big Sky
Conference Commissioner Doug Fullerton. "But on an application of
a rule, with three officials on the floor, we expect them to get it
right. As a league, we are very supportive of our officials, but a
misapplication of a rule cannot be tolerated."
Eastern Washington won the game 63-56.