First in WNBA: Team forced to forfeit game
The Las Vegas Aces lost a game against the Washington Mystics last Friday without even stepping onto the court. The WNBA team decided to forfeit due to a series of bad luck, and the league made the decision to put the game in the Loss column for the Aces. It is the first time in the history of the WNBA that a team forfeited a game.
The Aces were set to travel to Washington for the game last week, but flight delays and cancellations caused them to arrive just four hours before tip-off. The players huddled up and decided to call off the game over concerns for their health and safety. They relayed their decision to the league, who offered to find a "workable solution" to the issue, even delaying the start time of the game.
Ultimately, the players didn’t play and the league decided yesterday to issue a loss to the Aces. WNBA President Lisa Borders explained, "While not ideal, it was the best available solution to accommodate both our fans and the scheduling challenges. Since the Aces chose not to play, the result is a forfeit."
Prior to last night’s game against the Atlanta Dream, Aces president of basketball and coach Bill Laimbeer released a statement saying, "Our entire organization has the utmost respect for the very difficult decision our players made, and we stand with them. We are disappointed with the league’s decision, but our focus is now on winning as many games as we can in our drive for our first playoff appearance."
The decision may have played a part in the team’s performance last night. It lost to Atlanta, 109-100 and now sits in last place in the Western Conference.