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Positive COVID-19 test in Pepperdine program postpones women’s basketball game

Coach Cori Close and UCLA women’s basketball will have to wait for their second game of the season following a positive COVID-19 test within the Pepperdine program. (Axel Lopez/Daily Bruin senior staff)

By Jon Christon

Nov. 29, 2020 2:42 p.m.

Another day, another postponed game for the Bruins. 

No. 9 UCLA women’s basketball’s (1-0) matchup against Pepperdine (0-0) has been postponed because of a positive COVID-19 test within the Waves’ program.

It is currently unknown when the game will be made up.

This marks the second time in less than a week that the Bruins’ game has been postponed because of COVID-19 concerns from the other team on the day of the game.

On Wednesday, UCLA was scheduled to take on Cal State Fullerton, but just minutes before the opening tip, the game was postponed because of a delay in Fullerton’s testing results. The Bruins ended up playing the Titans on Friday, winning 98-49.

The game against Pepperdine was UCLA’s last nonconference game currently on the schedule, with its Dec. 8 matchup against UCSB postponed as well because of COVID-19 concerns within the Gauchos’ program.

If the Bruins do not find an opponent to take the Waves’ spot, UCLA will only have the game against Fullerton as preparation for conference play, with its next scheduled matchup taking place at No. 7 Arizona on Dec. 4. 

The Bruins’ women’s basketball program is so far the only UCLA basketball team to face significant COVID-19 scheduling issues this season, as the men’s basketball program has played both of its scheduled games.

UCLA football has also had to move games around because of COVID-19 issues with the other team, but has still played four games in four weeks as was originally scheduled.

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Jon Christon | Sports editor
Christon is currently the Sports editor and a reporter on the men's basketball and football beats. He was previously an assistant Sports editor on the women's basketball, softball, men's tennis and women's tennis beats and a reporter on the women's basketball and softball beats.
Christon is currently the Sports editor and a reporter on the men's basketball and football beats. He was previously an assistant Sports editor on the women's basketball, softball, men's tennis and women's tennis beats and a reporter on the women's basketball and softball beats.
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