The Cal women’s basketball team has postponed Friday’s scheduled home game against No. 8 Arizona and Sunday's home game against Arizona State, the seventh Pac-12 game it has shelved in less than a month due to COVID-19 issues.
The school announced it will work with Arizona, Arizona State and the Pac-12 office to reschedule all of the games postponed, but it seems increasingly likely the Bears won’t have time on the calendar to play all of the games.
The Wildcats are 14-2 overall and third in the Pac-12 standings with a 4-2 conference record. A year ago, they reached the national championship before losing 54-53 to Stanford.
ASU is 9-6 overall and 1-1 in the conference.
Cal (9-5, 0-3) has not announced rescheduling of any of the six games so far.
The games against the Arizona schools are the fifth contests in a row and the third in a week that was postponed because of COVID protocols involving the Bears. The first two games put off were due to health and safety issues with their opponent.
Here are the Cal games that have been postponed:
— Jan. 2 at Washington
— Jan. 7 vs. Oregon State
— Jan. 13 at Utah
— Jan. 16 at Colorado
— Jan. 23 vs. Stanford
— Jan. 28 vs. Arizona
-- Jan. 30 vs. Arizona State
The Bears actually played at Stanford last Friday, battling the nation’s No. 2 team to a 42-all halftime standoff. The Cardinal took charge in the third quarter and won 97-74, despite a career-high 30 points from Cal freshman Jayda Curry.
One day later, the rematch of the rivals set for Sunday in Berkeley was scratched.
The Bears have eight games scheduled over each of the four weeks in February before the Pac-12 tournament, March 2-6 in Las Vegas.
Cal said tickets purchased for the Friday and Sunday games against Arizona and ASU will be good for the rescheduled date.
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