Missouri State women’s basketball head coach Amaka “Mox” Agugua-Hamilton was not happy with the officiating following the Lady Bears’ 69-66 win at Bradley on Sunday afternoon.
In her postgame radio interview, Mox expressed her frustration with the league officials.
“I usually don’t say much about this, but I’m really pissed at the officiating,” Mox said in her postgame radio interview. “I usually stay neutral with that. Brice (Calip) had a bloody ear and a bloody nose. You can see it if you watch the film and people were intentionally attacking her.
“The (officials) called one intentional in the first half. I think officiating has to be better for us. Our players take a beating and I’m really getting tired of it.”
The Missouri Valley Conference announced it reprimanded Mox for those remarks on Monday.
“We encourage all coaches and athletics administrators to utilize proper channels when commenting on any officiating matters,” MVC commissioner Doug Elgin said in a press release. “The comments that Coach Agugua-Hamilton made in a public, postgame were both inappropriate and were a violation of Conference policy.”
In response to the reprimand, Missouri State released the following statement from Mox.
“I acknowledge it was poor judgement on my part to air my frustration using the platform of my postgame radio show,” Mox said. “I truly respect the difficult job our basketball officials have, and the commitment they make to our sport. It is my intention to adhere to the high standards expected for all who are affiliated with our program, and I accept full responsibility and apologize to the MVC, the game officials and all of our supporters.”
The Lady Bears return to JQH Arena for its final home games, starting Thursday. Missouri State hosts Valparaiso at 7 p.m.