COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - It was already expected to be a tough, physical game at Colonial Life Arena as the Gamecocks women's basketball team faced off in their hot rivalry against the Missouri Tigers.
But it exploded into much more as a scrum broke out between South Carolina's Alexis Jennings and Mizzou's Kayla Michael over a loose ball.
The two players fell to the floor trying to take the ball from each other, but emotions took over as the pair traded shoves.
Fellow Mizzou and Gamecocks players rushed to break the two apart as coaches from both teams ran onto the court as well to defend their players.
Two Mizzou players, Jordan Roundtree and Nadia Green, were ejected as a result of the scrum.
"Players are on edge. They watched the film from last game," Coach Dawn Staley said after the game. "They don't want to go into a game unprotected. So, our first thing going is in making sure everyone is okay. Out there on the floor. Both teams. Intensity was high, and I just saw players trying to protect themselves on both sides of the ball."
The Gamecocks avenged a road loss on Jan. 8 against the Tigers with a 64-54 victory at Colonial Life Arena.