Pac-12 sports cancellations to affect women’s basketball schedule

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The chatter of the sports world so far this week has been how Power 5 conferences that are within the NCAA may or may not decide to play fall sports this season – such as volleyball, women’s soccer and – of course – football.

In addition to football cancellations involving the MAC, the Big South and the Mountain West Conference, two of those Power 5 recently announced that it too would be canceling fall sports.

The Big Ten announced that its fall sports slate would be cancelled and it would look to stage those particular sports in the fall. The Pac-12 recently announced that all sports would be cancelled for the remainder of the calendar year – not simply the fall semester.

These cancellations actually have a significant effect on the status of women’s basketball within the Pac-12 given that its teams begin their seasons prior to the start of the new calendar year. Programs that have sent many a women’s basketball player to the WNBA – including Oregon and Stanford – will be affected.

Oregon’s nonconference schedule was even slated to include a marquee matchup sometime in late November that could have seen Kelly Graves’ Ducks match up with Dawn Staley’s South Carolina Gamecocks. This was a contest slated to occur sometime this year during the NCAA tournament, but it was cancelled due to the coronavirus.

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