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Women’s basketball postpones matchup against Colorado because of injury concerns

After taking down then-No. 8 Oregon on the road, coach Cori Close’s team will have to wait for its next matchup. No. 9 UCLA women’s basketball’s Jan. 8 game against Colorado was postponed after injuries prevented the Bruins from fielding the minimum amount of scholarship players necessary for Pac-12 play. (Daily Bruin file photo)

By Jon Christon

Jan. 7, 2021 11:46 a.m.

For the fourth time this season, a Bruins game will not take place at its scheduled time, but this time, it’s not because of COVID-19.

No. 9 UCLA women’s basketball’s (6-2, 4-2 Pac-12) game against Colorado (4-5, 2-4) has been postponed because of “injury concerns within the (UCLA) program,” according to UCLA Athletics. The Bruins will not have the minimum seven scholarship players needed to play on the scheduled date of Jan. 8.

No rescheduled date has been set, though, in the statement, UCLA Athletics said the program hopes to “reschedule the game later in the season.” 

“Our medical team made the really tough decision that we don’t have enough healthy players to play our game on Friday,” said coach Cori Close. “The health and well-being of our student-athletes are the priority, and I trust our medical team’s decision.” 

Despite having multiple games postponed earlier in the season because of COVID-19, this postponement is not because of virus concerns, according to the program. The Pac-12 requires at least seven scholarship players to be available to play, though the team can elect to play with fewer than seven scholarship players if it chooses. 

The Bruins have played most of the season with only eight scholarship players, with two players opting out for health and safety reasons and two of the three freshmen from the 2020 recruiting class unable to travel to the United States because of a ruling from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. 

UCLA has been without redshirt junior guard Chantel Horvat for the past three games, bringing it down to the seven scholarship limit for two games before freshman guard Dominique Darius reclassified from the class of 2021 to suit up early for the Bruins and put them at eight scholarship players. 

It is unknown what injuries are related to the postponement.

UCLA still has a game against Utah scheduled for Jan. 10, however further medical evaluation will be needed to finalize the status for the game.

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