Women’s basketball season opener pushed back again

Team has yet to step foot on the court



Senior guard Chanelle Molina defends an Arizona Player on Jan. 17 at Beasley Coliseum.

DANIEL SHURR, Evergreen reporter

The WSU women’s basketball game against UC Berkeley is canceled.

It has been 12 days since the team was supposed to tip off the season. Within that 12-day span, the Cougars should have played three games, but the team has yet to step foot on the court.

All of the waiting was supposed to come to an end Dec. 6 when the Cougars were scheduled to take on the California Golden Bears at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, California.

“The Washington State women’s basketball team will not travel this weekend to face California for its season-opening game, Sunday, Dec. 6, nor its following game Tuesday, Dec. 8, against Stanford,” the Pac-12 Network wrote in a statement.

WSU was supposed to have already played Stanford. This is the second time a game has been postponed for the Cougars.

The reason for the postponements is because WSU did not have the minimum amount of scholarship student athletes that need to be active for the games.

As of Dec. 3, there are more than 2,400 recorded COVID-19 cases in Whitman county.

Despite the postponements, the Pac-12 is attempting to reschedule games that have been affected by COVID-19.

The team is scheduled to play their 24-game season, which is still the fewest number of games that will be played since the 1977-78 season.

Twenty-two of those games will be within the Pac-12 conference, 10 of which will be against opponents currently ranked in the AP top 25.

The Golden Bears (0-3, 0-1) were ranked last in the Pac-12 conference to start the 2020-21 season and currently hold a winless record on the year.  The first two of the Golden Bears’ losses came from out of conference opponents: San Jose State and CSU Bakersfield.

On Friday, the Bears hosted the University of Washington Huskies, who came into the game 2-0, 0-0 in conference play.

Last year, WSU swept Cal with a victory at home and away. The team looks to do that once more, but they need a chance to play first.

“I can’t wait to take this team and beat up on other people,” said head coach Kamie Ethridge.

The coaches and players on the WSU roster continue to comment on the grit and chemistry the team has developed through these tough times.

The next game on the schedule is against the in-state rival Washington Huskies and will be played in Seattle.

“This year is so much different than anything we’ve done in the past,” Ethridge said. “Our team wants to play, and they want to play against the best.”