Chris Weller, coach of the Maryland women's basketball team, received word yesterday that she had won her appeal of a forfeited game to the Eastern Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women Ethics and Eligibility Committee.
The successful appeal means that the Feb. 21 game at Penn State, during which Weller pulled her team from the floor in protest of Penn State's pep band playing while the game was in progress, will be declared no game. It will not be replayed.
Maryland trailed the Nittany Lions, 71-58, with 10 minutes remaining, when Weller acted and Penn State was declared the winner by forefeit.
"They (the ethics committee) called it a discontinued game and that's what the appeal requested," Weller said yesterday.
"I made the appeal in writing and with a copy of the videotape of the game, and also with support letters from several highly respected coaches and EAIAW officials who were present at the game.
"I feel that the officials should receive a reprimand or some form of probation because I feel that it was the officials that were at fault and not the Penn State pep band. The officials blatantly refused to call a rule that was in the rulebook."
Seeds for the upcoming Eastern Mid-Atlantic AIAW tournament also were drawn up yesterday. Maryland is seeded third and will host Seton Hall Friday afternoon at Cole Field House, with the time not yet determined.
Top-ranked Cheyney State, a 71-69 winner over visiting Maryland Saturday night on a final-second shot by Val Walker, hosts Montclair State; second seeded Rutgers hosts Pittsburgh, and fourth-ranked Penn State hosts Villanova. It is not yet known if those games will be Friday or Saturday.