Arizona State women’s basketball coach calls out Oregon State coach

    Arizona State women’s basketball coach Charli Turner Thorne fired back at her Oregon State counterpart Wednesday for his complaints about her team’s physical play.

    last week before asu’s game at oregon state, beavers coach scott rueck said in an interview that the sun devils “play football, that’s what they do. it’s a absolute bloodbath when you play them.

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    “Either you rise up and play harder than them and harder than them or they push you.”

    not. 11 Sharp Oregon State No. 22 asu, 64-62, last Friday, ending a four-game losing streak in the series.

    “It was incredibly disrespectful and insulting to our team,” Turner Thorne said Wednesday when asked about Rueck’s comments. “we communicated with the administration of him. we are in his own conference.

    “The irony of all this is that if people want to complain about us, this is probably one of the least physical teams I’ve ever had. I wish we were more physical. We’re not, we’re small, skinny and try to play hard. I don’t even get it.”

    He also said he requires any of his players who fouls a jump shot made by an opponent to handwrite 50 times never, never, never, never foul on a jump shot.

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    “It’s a big consequence,” he said. “nobody likes to write anymore. we’re not teaching kids to foul. we believe in defending the position without fouling. anyone who knows our program knows that.”

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    rueck made some similar comments about physicality two days after his team’s 65-58 overtime loss to world no. 12 Arizona.

    “It’s been extremely physical, which is concerning,” Rueck said in Oregon. “It goes against everything we have been taught, trained to do. we are supposed to prepare a team to play according to the rules and videos that everyone is supposed to follow. That is what I expect. if that doesn’t happen, what are we doing?”

    oregon state and asu are currently fifth and sixth in the pac-12, which for now would put them in opposite groups for the pac-12 tournament, march 5-8 in las vegas.

    However, that could change, with three weeks remaining in the regular season.

    asu (16-8, 6-6 pac-12) is at home this week, starting Friday against washington state (11-13, 4-8). the sun devils won the first meeting, 65-56 jan. 19 in pullman, washed.

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    asu is trying to end a three-game losing streak, all against teams currently ranked in the top 12 nationally. The Sun Devils’ next five games are against unranked teams, including three that have yet to play this season: Colorado, Utah and California.

    senior guard kiara russell will return after missing last week’s games with an injury. She is a starter on the perimeter along with Reili Richardson and Robbi Ryan.

    “We’re hungry right now and we want to get back to being more consistent,” said turner thorne. “We didn’t have an easy time with washington state the first time. This team is very confident, but I don’t think we’re too confident. How can you be now? Yeah, we played three top 10 teams, but we didn’t beat them.

    “i think we played well against oregon state. we pretty much had that game under control and revealed some things. honestly without kiara russell, the depth factor against a team like oregon was a lot. we didn’t look any further. all the world is good in our conference. but it wasn’t like we played terrible basketball in oregon. we played three good halves.”


    washington state in arizona state, 7 p.m. friday, desert financial sand, pac-12 network, kdus-am (1060) – no. 22 Asu (16-8, 6-6) attempts to end a three-game losing streak and complete a season sweep of Washington State (11-13, 4-8). this is the team’s annual pink game in support of breast cancer research.

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