Wednesday, June 23, 2010

'T' for one

Renee Montgomery couldn't believe she received a technical foul with 1:58 left in the first quarter of Tuesday's 86-77 loss to the Chicago Sky.

But she said official Cameron Inouye -- who didn't give her the 'T' -- said the situation Montgomery found herself in wasn't rare.

After driving to the hoop and scooping in a lay-up among some contact, Montgomery made an 'and-one' gesture toward official Lamont Simpson, who quickly assessed a technical foul amid argument from both coach Mike Thibault and the 6,981 fans at Mohegan Sun Arena.

"I was very surprised," Montgomery said. "But it was a miscommunication. The other ref (Inouye) told me he (Simpson) thought I was just pointing in his face. I was making the 'and-one' gesture. She said she’s going to talk to the front offices. Maybe it can get cleared up, I don’t know. She said she’s had a problem before where it was a miscommunication and they fixed it. Maybe they can fix it."

Montgomery said she has never received a technical foul before in her life at any level of basketball. It's not surprising from a player who doesn't swear off the court (she thanks her parents for that) and rarely chirps at officials on it.

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