women's b-ball Mar 25, 2022; Greensboro, NC, USA; A general shot of the game ball for the NCAA Women’s tournament displaying the Final Four logo in the Greensboro regional semifinals of the women’s college basketball NCAA Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: William Howard-USA TODAY Sports

A conflict that bled into the postgame handshake line of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament is now being investigated by police.

While Bowling Green defeated Memphis, 73-60, in the WNIT Super 16, the headlines will, unfortunately, be focused elsewhere.

Following the game, Memphis senior and leading scorer Jamirah Shutes stopped in the handshake line before shaking hands with Bowling Green senior Elissa Brett. The two had a heated exchange, which turned ugly quickly as Shutes reached out and struck Brett in the head.

Shutes was removed almost immediately from the situation by a Memphis assistant coach, but the damage was already done.

It’s unclear what words were exchanged that provoked Shutes to attack Brett in the handshake line. What is clear, though, is while it may have seemed unprovoked on the surface, there were multiple incidents between the two players during Thursday’s game.

According to USA Today Sports, Brett and Shutes were involved in an incident towards the end of the first quarter. Shutes was being double-teamed by Brett and Bowling Green teammate Sophie Dzikan, who appeared to hit Shutes in the face inadvertently. But while Dzikan performed the act, Brett was whistled for the foul.

Shutes didn’t return until the start of the third quarter after being shaken up, where another incident happened shortly thereafter.

Following the incident, Bowling Green released a statement, indicating that the investigation was handed over to University police.

“Bowling Green State University Athletics does not make comments about active police investigations,” Bowling Green athletics said in a statement. “Our priority is with the health, safety and support of our student-athletes.”

[USA Today Sports]

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