The women's basketball world took a big hit on Monday with the death of longtime referee Bonita Spence. Spence worked in both the college and WNBA ranks and was one of the better officials in the game. She was also one of the most notable personalities among referees.
Spence used to officiate numerous UConn games at both Gampel Pavilion and the XL Center in Hartford. Each time, she was received with a drawn out cry of "Boooooniiiiiiitaaaa!!" from the student section, to which she always responded with a smile.
She was also one of the few officials willing to joke with students in the crowd, and would often laugh along as fans made teasing comments about calls during timeouts. For that, she was always appreciated.
Spence was happy to keep things light-hearted outside of Connecticut as well.
During this year's Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands, she participated in a dance competition at halftime alongside several fans from the crowd.
Yes, as much as a crowd could put a smile on her face, she could have the same effect for them -- after hearing of her death, many took to Twitter to express their sadness:
Bonita, you'll be missed.