Taylor Still Upset With Pierson

By Mark Heller
Sept. 13, 2007

On the day after, Penny Taylor was still annoyed, Plenette Pierson maintained her innocence, and the rest of us played wait-and-see.

With eight seconds remaining in Tuesday’s Game 3 of the WNBA Finals, Pierson and Taylor got physical, which culminated with Taylor taking a shot to her mouth. Both players had to be separated and were given technical fouls.

A decision on any possible disciplinary measures from the WNBA isn’t expected until today.

After the game, Pierson told reporters it was nothing beyond the typical physicality of a championship series.

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In the Mercury locker room, Taylor said she had taken “a few” elbows during the game, but when asked about it later, she couldn’t get a word out before teammate Diana Taurasi interjected, calling for a league review and Pierson to be suspended.

“I said what I said (Tuesday night), and that’s how I feel,” Taurasi said.

Taylor and Pierson talked to league officials Wednesday morning and gave their sides of the altercation.

“I think they should look at it, because it’s not pretty,” Taylor said.

Asked if she threw a punch, Pierson said: “No, I did not.”

Later she expressed regret for retaliating to what she said was Taylor’s instigating elbow, but then further convoluted the situation.

“I feel like I shouldn’t have retaliated, but I felt like I never threw a punch,” she said.

“I don’t feel like I did anything that hadn’t been done in the first two games of the series. I understand it’s the Finals and things are going to be blown out of proportion. “Whatever happens, happens.”

Taylor wasn’t sure what she was hit with. “I was too busy trying to protect my face,” she said. “My main concern is it’s an ugly thing for the game and the league. That’s not the sort of thing anyone wants to see.”

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