Oregon State HC Scott Rueck finds the physicality "concerning" in loss to No. 12 Arizona, has harsh words for officiating

Dylan Mickanen
NBC Sports Northwest

Just like Friday evening's contest, a team at Gill Coliseum avenged a loss from last month. 

This time, however, the No. 9 Oregon State Beavers (19-5, 7-5 Pac-12) were on the wrong side of the score, losing to No. 12 Arizona (19-4, 8-4 Pac-12) 65-58 in overtime. 

Senior guard Mikayla Pivec led the Beavers with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Her backcourt mate Destiny Slocum struggled mightily only scoring 11 points on 4-of-17 from the field. Wildcats point guard Aari McDonald led Arizona with 22 points and nine rebounds. 

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Oregon State was also without starting forward freshman Kennedy Brown who left the game Friday night with a left knee injury. Beavers head coach Scott Rueck had no update on her status at the postgame press conference.

However, the real story from the game was Rueck's fiery takedown of the officiating after the game.

I know I'm supposed to lie and not share my true opinion for some reason, so I'll lie and say it had nothing to do with [the physicality]. *laughs* But you know it's hard to manage, for sure. So it's been extremely physical which is a concern. It goes against everything that we have been taught, trained... We're supposed to prepare our team to play freedom-of-movement based off rules videos that we watch at the beginning of the year that everybody's supposed to play by. So, that's what I expect, and if that doesn't happen then what are we doing? -- Scott Rueck

The foul disparity between the teams was the Wildcats drawing five more fouls, 20-15, including McDonald who drew 10 fouls while not being called for one. The Beavers head coach definitely felt that the refs were letting it be too physical all game.

I was just, right before I came out here, looking at an Instagram picture of Mik getting hammered on her arm without a call right off the bat to start the game and that set the tone. That let them swing all day. Which they were able to get away with. 

These last two contests against the Arizona schools have been quite physical and without Brown, the Beavers will need to respond. Junior guard Aleah Goodman echoed that sentiment.

As a team, we just have to play big, and we didn't do that today. We didn't have enough people step up, and play for us and fill that role [with Brown's absense].

Rueck thinks it shouldn't have to come to that, however. That if the officiating was better they might not have to worry about that.

It's frustrating. I can't sit here and say 'oh, that's why we lost,' I'm not going to sit here and say that. But to say that it's not a factor... Of course it's a factor. 

Rueck even said the level of physicality being allowed is "concerning" and likened it to being in the "Twilight Zone." 

With the loss of Brown and no timetable for her return, the Beavers will need to adjust quickly if they want to earn a top seed and potential bye in the Pac-12 Tournament in March.

UP NEXT: The Beavers will travel to Los Angeles to take on USC on Friday at 7:00 p.m. (PT).


Oregon State HC Scott Rueck finds the physicality "concerning" in loss to No. 12 Arizona, has harsh words for officiating originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

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