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What Dawn Staley said about player altercation from USC-LSU championship game

No. 1 South Carolina hoisted the SEC Tournament trophy Sunday after a 79-72 win over the LSU Tigers at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

But head coach Dawn Staley found herself addressing an unfortunate moment that happened late in the game — a brief skirmish between both teams that resulted in multiple player ejections, including Gamecocks star Kamilla Cardoso.

“I want to apologize to the basketball community,” Staley said on the ESPN broadcast. “When you’re playing in championship games like this in our league, things get heated.

“No bad intentions. Their emotions got so far ahead of them that sometimes things happen.

“I want to apologize for us playing a part in that. That’s not who we are. That’s not what we’re about.

This story will be updated.