SAN ANTONIO – Arizona Wild Gates women’s basketball coach Audia Barnes said on Saturday that she had nothing to apologize for using a middle finger and an expellent on a post game huddle with her team. 69-59 win over Yugan In the final four.
The moment, captured on ESPN cameras, went viral shortly after Friday night’s victory, taking first place in school history at the Wild Gates National Championship game. At his Postcom press conference, Barnes admitted, “I said a gus word. Based on the gus word, ‘Forget everyone … … forget if everyone doesn’t believe us, because we believe in ourselves.’
When called by Zoom on Saturday to preview the national championship game against Stanford on Sunday, Barnes said he thought he would share a personal moment with his team after pulling the trigger.
“I honestly had a moment with my team and I thought it was a very close huddle,” he said. “I told my team something I really felt, I know what they felt, it seemed weird on TV, but I didn’t apologize for it because I didn’t feel like I had to apologize. This is my team. I’m not going to take it back, we’re going to war with each other, So I’m in those moments, I’m just like that, so I’m not apologizing, it’s just me. “
Barnes and his players have claimed to have been disgraced several times throughout the tournament, with the NCAA expelling them earlier this week from a promotional video previewing the women’s final four.
“After going round, after more success, we got more love, and then we finally got a little bit of respect, obviously the video, the other things that happened, it’s like a bubble,” said Arizona forward Sam Thomas. “So now I think we’re just, we’re just for it. If people want to support us, we want it. If people want to hate us, that’s, we’re at the national championship, so what can you say?”