The Texas women’s basketball team announced on Tuesday that it was cancelling its final non-conference game with Alcorn State due to COVID-19 issues with the Longhorns.
Texas (9-1) and No. 12 in the country, noted that the contest with ASU will not be made up. The Texas release did not make mention of a full COVID ‘pause,’ which is the language Texas Tech used on Monday.
It’s unclear if the Longhorns’ Jan. 2 Big 12 opener with Oklahoma State will be played. The Cowgirls are having their own issues with COVID-19 at the moment.
On Monday, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech canceled their remaining non-conference games. Oklahoma State was set to play Tulsa on Dec. 28, while Texas Tech was set to play Incarnate Word on Dec. 29.
Texas Tech’s release noted the school was shutting down basketball activities as part of the cancellation of the Incarnate Word game. The release did not note if the pause would impact the Lady Raiders’ Big 12 opener against Oklahoma on Jan. 2.
Oklahoma State announced on Dec. 20 that it was cancelling its game with North Texas that day due to COVID issues within the Cowgirls’ program. OSU then announced on Monday it was doing the same with the Tulsa game. OSU did not classify this as a ‘pause’ on its web site.
As of Tuesday night, no Big 12 women’s games for Jan. 2 had been postponed.
Big 12 return to play rules were amended last week to allow teams to play if they have six scholarship players and one countable coach available for a game. So, even if there are COVID issues within a program, if enough players are eligible to play, the game should be played. In addition, games will be ruled no-contests and every attempt will be made to reschedule.
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