For the third time in four weeks, the Colorado women’s basketball team is getting an unplanned Sunday off.
On Saturday, the Buffs announced that their game against No. 8 UCLA, scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. at CU Events Center, has been postponed due to a number of injuries within the Bruins’ program.
CU also had its trip to UCLA, scheduled for Jan. 8, postponed because of the Bruins’ injuries.
UCLA played at Utah on Friday, winning 69-58, but had just seven healthy players for the game. This season, only nine Bruins have played and they’ve been down to eight players for most of the last month.
This is the fifth game postponed for CU this season, including recent Sunday dates at Arizona (Jan. 24) and home against Oregon (Jan. 31). In addition to those games and the two UCLA matchups, the Buffs had a Dec. 20 home date with Arizona State postponed. Three games were postponed because of COVID-19 concerns at either CU or other schools.
Earlier this week, CU head coach JR Payne said she didn’t believe the postponed games would be made up.
“It’s disappointing that we’re not going to be able to get to play the full slate of games, but there’s simply not enough time and too many cancellations,” she said.
When the original schedule was made, the Pac-12 gave each team just one game for the final week of the regular season, Feb. 22-28, with the idea of leaving an open date for rescheduled games. So far, no teams in the conference have added games for that week.
The Pac-12 has left it up to the coaches to work together to reschedule postponed games, if they want to get them played, and CU hasn’t generated interest from other teams. ASU has told Payne it will not travel to Boulder to make up the Dec. 20 game, and Payne has not heard from other coaches.
That’s been common around the conference, however.
As of Saturday, a total of 33 conference games have been postponed in Pac-12 women’s basketball and only two have been rescheduled. Oregon State and Washington moved a Friday game to the following Tuesday, while Stanford and Washington State played twice in Pullman, Wash., to make up for a game lost earlier in the season. In both cases, extra travel was not required.
Originally, each school was scheduled for 22 conference games, but most won’t come close to that. Pac-12 teams are currently on track to average 16.8 conference games – if there are no more cancellations or reschedules. CU is in line with that average, on track to play 17 Pac-12 games.
California and Oregon State could wind up with just 13 games, while Stanford, ironically, could finish with nearly a full slate. The Cardinal, which were not allowed to play or practice at home for about two months because of Santa Clara County health regulations, could wind up playing 21 of its 22 games.
Considering the Pac-12 Tournament is coming up in less than three weeks – the first round is slated for March 4 – it’s unlikely that many, if any, games for CU or other teams will be rescheduled.
With Sunday’s game against UCLA being postponed, the Buffs likely wrapped up the home portion of their schedule with Friday’s 66-56 win against Southern California.
CU has three more games scheduled for the regular season, all on the road: Washington State (Feb. 19), Washington (21) and Utah (Feb. 28).