From a tournament in Vegas, three women’s basketball teams have withdrawn.
(AP) LAS VEGAS — As part of the ongoing aftermath from a similar event at a Strip resort over the Thanksgiving holiday, where safety concerns were raised, three women’s basketball teams withdrew from the competition.
The South Point Arena Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic is no longer open to Dayton, Purdue, and Texas A&M. Bret Seymour, the tournament operations manager, claimed that those institutions had consented to be included in his competition after consulting with representatives of Destination Basketball, which managed the Las Vegas Invitational at The Mirage last month.
According to Texas A&M coach Joni Taylor, “we are all about giving our players the opportunity to play the game they love.” “We made the decision to withdraw from the Las Vegas Invitational in light of the situation. We appreciate Purdue’s flexibility in allowing them to stay with us instead, and we are grateful for that.
Kharyssa Richardson, a freshman at Auburn, appeared to have hit her head after falling hard and resting on the floor for 50 minutes before EMTs arrived at the Las Vegas Invitational due to the lack of medical personnel on site.
After Richardson’s injury, Indiana head coach Teri Moren thought about sitting out, but the now-No. 4 Hoosiers hit the court and defeated Memphis 79-64. Women’s basketball, according to Moren, “had taken a few of steps backwards” because of tournament conditions, which also featured spectators sitting on folding chairs rather than bleachers, following the game.
The Campbell, Cleveland State, Jacksonville State, Lindenwood, and Utah Tech teams will compete in the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic from December 19 to 21.
The five teams that will compete at the South Point were already on hand, according to Seymour. Since it’s a non-Power Five event, our other five are actually relieved that the three who withdrew aren’t there anymore. These three were taken to assist. It’s OK. Since they won’t be there for that specific event this year, it’s much better for us.
The South Point tournament is one of three that Sport Tours International oversees in Las Vegas, and it has done so for the past 14 years.
The three Power Five teams, according to Seymour, chose to pull out of the game after learning they would be playing at South Point rather than The Mirage.
Purdue, Texas A&M, and Dayton all have contracts with Destination Basketball, according to Seymour. “No, we didn’t. We were taken aback by their denial that they knew.
Teri Moren, the head coach of Indiana, contemplated sitting out following Richardson’s injury, but the now-No. 4 Hoosiers showed up and defeated Memphis 79-64. Moren claimed that because of the tournament’s circumstances, which included fans watching the game from folding chairs rather than bleachers, women’s basketball “had taken a few steps backwards.”
The Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic will take place from December 19 to 21 and feature teams from Campbell, Cleveland State, Jacksonville State, Lindenwood, and Utah Tech.
According to Seymour, all five of the teams competing at the South Point were present. Our other five are actually happy that the three who withdrew aren’t there any longer because it’s a non-Power Five event. These three were brought in to help. It’s OK. It’s much better for us that they won’t be present for that particular event this year.
Sport Tours International has managed three tournaments in Las Vegas for the past 14 years, one of which is the South Point event.
Seymour claimed that the three Power Five teams decided against participating in the contest when they learned they would be playing at South Point rather than The Mirage.
Seymour claims that Destination Basketball has contracts with Purdue, Texas A&M, and Dayton. “We didn’t, no. Their denial that they were aware shocked us.