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The first woman officiating a men's game at UR was unnoticeable, the highest compliment

The first woman officiating a men's game at UR was unnoticeable, the highest compliment

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Jenna Reneau spoke with Mike Roberts before the two worked Monday’s Richmond-Hofstra game at the Robins Center along with Lamar Simpson.

Jenna Reneau appeared as the officials walked onto the Robins Center court before Monday’s University of Richmond men’s basketball game against Hofstra, and there were some stares and smiles. When the game began, Reneau became …

Unnoticeable, in the best kind of way.

Reneau was the first woman to officiate a men’s game at UR. The Spiders had Amy Bonner as one of the officials in last season’s NIT game against Toledo, in Denton, Texas. Other women have worked men’s college games in recent years.

The Richmond-Hofstra game proceeded with no hint that Reneau was in any way out of her league.

Scott Ungerer was a four-year regular for the Spiders during 1998-2002 and had a courtside seat for Monday night’s game as the television analyst while Reneau, Mike Roberts and Lamar Simpson officiated.

“I think the best thing about an official is when nothing stands out, bad or good,” Ungerer said Tuesday. “I think that team of officials did a great job.”

Ungerer picked up on no significant complaints from Richmond coach Chris Mooney or Hofstra coach Speedy Claxton, “or even from the players, for that matter,” Ungerer said. “It was a good, clean game. There were a couple of aggressive moments throughout the game, but never was there a question of who had control of the game.”

Reneau, a Texan who first officiated youth volleyball before shifting to basketball, has extensive experience in the NBA G League. She is expected to work ACC and A-10 games this season for Bryan Kersey, who supervises and coordinates officials for both leagues.

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