Texas Tech hoops altercation leads to disciplinary action

Texas Tech suspended women's basketball guard Amber Battle for a month at the start of next season after fighting with a football player.

Battle, who led the Red Raiders in scoring last season with a 16.4-point average, acknowledged that she made the first contact with freshman defensive back Nigel Bethel II during a pickup basketball game last weekend at the university's recreation center. The school announced the disciplinary action on Friday.

A senior, Battle will not be allowed to play until December. She led Texas Tech in rebounds and assists last season en route to second-team All-Big 12 honors.

"During a pickup basketball game on June 28, I was involved in an incident with Texas Tech football player Nigel Bethel," Battle said in a statement. "I initiated the first contact and I take full responsibility for my actions. I want to take this time to apologize to Nigel, the Texas Tech community, my teammates, coaches and fans.

"Nothing I can say can truly repair the harm I have already caused. I did not represent the Double T like I am supposed to and I promise to hold myself to a higher standard from here on."

Bethel, an incoming freshman from Miami who was the football team's highest ranked recruit in 2014, retaliated and caused serious bodily injury with "hands, fists, feet, etc." He faces assault charges and is no longer with the team.

"Texas Tech athletics has a zero tolerance policy on this type of behavior," the school said in its statement.

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