Angel Reese clotheslined as WNBA veteran gets ejected: ‘I kept going and kept pushing’

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Angel Reese of the Chicago Sky had a rookie moment in Saturday night’s loss to the Connecticut Sun, which culminated in a WNBA veteran being ejected.

Alyssa Thomas of the Sun was ejected from the game in the third quarter of Connecticut’s 86-82 victory after clotheslining Reese during a rebound battle.

As they wrestled for the rebound, Thomas extended her arm and hand across Reese’s neck, and Reese landed hard on the deck.

Referees reviewed the call and determined that Thomas committed a flagrant foul 2, the first in her career, resulting in an immediate ejection.

After the game, Reese, who finished with 13 points, five rebounds, and two assists in 33 minutes, was unconcerned about what happened to Thomas.

She stated before her WNBA career began that she wanted to be “knocked down” and learn from adversity. She may not have meant it literally, but that was exactly how she saw the scenario.

“It isn’t just because I am a rookie. I am a player. I am a basketball player. “They don’t care if I’m a rookie,” Reese said of the encounter, according to The Athletic. “I want them to come at me every day. “I want them to come at everyone.”

Angel Reese clotheslined as WNBA veteran gets ejected: 'I kept going and kept  pushing' | Fox News

Reese isn’t expecting for preferential treatment since she’s a rookie. If anything, she enjoys the pressure, toughness, and aggression of opponents since, as she stated, she is a basketball player who wants to win like everyone else.

“They’re not supposed to be nice to me,” Reese explained. “I hope you all understand that. They are not supposed to be polite to me or lay down just because I am Angel Reese or a rookie. Thank you, AT, for sending me a message because I got back up and continued to push. AT and I have been friendly since we were at Maryland, so I know there are no bitter feelings. I appreciate her coming at me today, or every day.

Reese and Thomas have a history of playing for the Terrapins in College Park, Maryland. She expressed her admiration for Thomas before the sky gave way to the sun.

Angel Reese clotheslined as WNBA veteran gets ejected: 'I kept going and kept  pushing' | Fox News

“I know she purposely probably didn’t do it toward me, but just being able to come out there and just be strong and stand on two feet, it was going to be a tough game, and that’s what I’m built for.”

Reese has adjusted nicely to the WNBA. Throughout the 2024 season, she averages 12.3 points and 7.8 rebounds.


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