Sylvia Fowles was whacked in the right eye, stopped cold under her basket, stood there frozen while trying to shake away the blurriness.
She couldn’t. For five minutes, she couldn’t see out of the eye. It didn’t matter. The Minnesota Lynx center stayed in the game, because that is what you do when you’re in the middle of a fight.
“Don’t tell anybody,” she said of playing blind. “But I wasn’t coming out.”
Odyssey Sims was whacked on the shoulder and the head and, oh, just about everywhere. She lay crumpled in a heap under her own basket. Her teammates surrounded her. The crowd roared for revenge against the fouling Lindsay Whalen, screaming, “Throw her out!”