Referees Slammed For Cheating in West Virginia Iowa Game

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — The West Virginia Mountaineers were absolutely robbed in last night’s 64-54 loss against the #1 ranked Iowa Hawkeyes in the Round of 32 of the NCAA Touranment. Rather than playing against a very solid five person rotation, featuring one of the best female players to ever play college basketball, the Lady Mountaineers were clearly up against 8 people during this game.

During and after the game, fans from all across the nation witnessed what we saw and took to social media to complain about the obvious cheating in favor of the hometown Hawkeyes. The game was played at Carver-Hawkeye Area, Iowa’s home court, and virtually every call was clearly going their way, and the statistics don’t lie. Iowa went 25-30 from the foul line during the game? The Mountaineers? 3-5. West Virginia was called for 27 fouls, while the Hawkeyes had 11 the entire game.

But it wasn’t just the foul/no foul calls. It was loose balls, it was violations, it was the referres blantantly doing whatever they could to give the game to Caitlin  Clark and the Iowa Hawkeyes, and really, it’s a damn shame. The West Virginia women’s basketball team worked so hard all year, and their season was ripped away from them by referees who obviously had very different motives.

Caitlin Clark is the all-time leading scorer in NCAA basketball history, and some have suggested that the NCAA wants her to remain in the tournament because she draws interest to the sport and because she sells tickets.

“I feel like West Virginia women’s team getting did bad by these refs,” Milwaukee Bucks star Damian Lillard said in a post on X.

“This is absurd,” USA Today columnist Dan Wolken said about the officiating. “Absolutely infuriating. I feel for the West Virginia team. They’ve played a better game than Iowa and they’ve not going to get rewarded at all. Hope these refs don’t advance.”

West Virginia forward Josiah Harris also spoke out about the unjust calls from the referees last night, saying, “Super proud of WVU women’s basketball. They played their hearts out tonight. It’s sad to see them get cheated like this, but they (are) coming back stronger next year.”

Unfortunately, the West Virginia basketball season is over, but Josiah Harris is right, the men’s and women’s basketball teams will be back and stronger than ever next year. Because of the obvious discrepancy in foul calls, I have filed an official complaint with the NCAA, and I encourage you to do the same.