Beavers fall to #11 in the latest AP and Coaches Poll . Head to USC next

It is so tough anytime you lose a basketball player to a season ending injury. It has been rare in the career of Oregon State Head Coach Scott Rueck. His last significan injury was way back in 2002 when he was coaching in Newberg at D3 school George Fox. Now, in the past 13 months he has lost three players to season ending injuries. Last Year, it was Kat Tudor out with a knee injury. Thankfully she is back this season and has contributed in a big way for the 19-5 Beavers. Then early this season Junior Taya Corosdale goes down with a hamstring injury that ended her season and then last Friday, Freshman sensation Kennedy Brown tore her ACL in the beginning of the game against Arizona State.

The Beavers won that game 64-62 but lost Sunday in Overtime 65-58 to Arizona. The Beavs looked tired toward the end of that game and Coach Rueck said he thought his team was tired.

So now, its life without Brown and Corosdale. Rueck talked to me about what is next and about Mikayla Pivec. She was snubbed by the Senior Class award folks....but outrage by Beaver Nation and others led the committee selection to top candidates to add her to the list. She is now in first place in the early voting. Coach Rueck started his weekly chat talking about Mikayla.

The Beavers play at USC on Friday night and then wait till Monday to face UCLA at Pauley Pavilion. That game will be a 6:pm tip on ESPN 2.

The USC game will tip at 7:pm and will be on the Beaver Sports Network. No radio broadcast in Portland but you can find it at osubeavers.com

or the Tune In app. Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 PM

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