Oregon State’s Athletic Department announced today that two more women’s basketball games will be postponed. This weekend’s games, at California on January 8th and at Stanford on January 10th, will not be played due to Covid-19 testing and contact tracing protocols.
Team activities for our games at California (Jan. 8) and Stanford (Jan. 10) have been postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19 testing and contact tracing protocols within the program. pic.twitter.com/QxUb2B5PSz— Oregon State WBB (@BeaverWBB) January 4, 2021
Those are the fourth and fifth games to be postponed due to Covid-19. Back in December, the team announced the postponement of their December 21st match up against Washington. The team then later had to postpone their January 1st game against UCLA and their January 3rd game against USC. An earlier nonconference game against Carroll College, scheduled for November 30th, was also cancelled.
It has already been a rough season for the Beavers, as the departures of Mikayla Pivec, Destiny Slocum and Kat Tudor after last season led to a lack of veteran presence. The Beavers are 3-3 overall, and 1-3 in the conference. After their loss against WSU and the postponement of the Washington game, the team fell out of the top 25 for the first time in four years.
The team has struggled to gel offensively, and missing this many games has certainly hurt the team’s development. Having to go nearly a month without any team activities makes it difficult to develop chemistry and rhythm.
The next games on the Beavers’ schedule are road trips to the Arizona schools. On January 15 they’ll be at Arizona State, and on January 17th they’ll be at Arizona.