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BYU women's basketball game with Boise State called off due to COVID-19

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December 10, 2020

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PROVO — BYU's triple-header Saturday on campus got a little less busy Friday afternoon.

The Cougars' women's basketball game against Boise State was postponed, the two teams announced Friday afternoon after a member of the Broncos' traveling party tested positive for COVID-19.

The schools are actively working to reschedule the game. The test result came back before Boise State had departed for Provo.

The two teams were scheduled to tip off at noon MT in the Marriott Center, the first of three straight games on campus. The Cougars will also host in-state rival Utah in the Marriott Center (4 p.m. MT, BYUtv) before football's senior night kickoff against San Diego State (8 p.m. MT, ESPN2).

BYU (3-1) opened its home schedule with a 72-58 win over Montana State on Thursday afternoon behind another standout performance from star guard Shaylee Gonzales. The Cougars have one more nonconference game scheduled against crosstown rival Utah Valley on Tuesday, Dec. 15. After that, BYU isn't scheduled to play again until opening West Coast Conference play Dec. 28 against San Francisco.

The Broncos (3-0) were scheduled to face NAIA College of Idaho next Wednesday, Dec. 16, before taking two weeks off before opening Mountain West play Dec. 31 against San Jose State.

BYU coach Jeff Judkins used his bench liberally against the Bobcats in preparation for the three-games-in-five-nights stretch.

"I thought their bench outplayed our bench, and I told the team we need to maintain the score or be better," he said after the game. "I think if we do that, everyone on our team is going to get better. You never know when you're going to need somebody, through an injury or fouls, or whatever."

The Wolverines (2-1) recently came off quarantine due to positive test results, with an 84-43 victory over NAIA William Jessup, a game head coach Dan Nielson's team led just 18-10 after the first quarter before cruising to the win.

"We just needed to play against somebody else," said Neilson, who was an assistant for Judkins before taking the UVU job two years ago. "It was pretty rusty the first quarter, but we're excited with a few more days of practice and to get on the court against two big in-state games next week. We feel like we're on the right track, and are going to go compete on Tuesday."

Tipoff between the Cougars and Wolverines is scheduled for 3 p.m. MT on BYUtv.

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A proud graduate of Syracuse University, Sean Walker has covered BYU for KSL.com since 2015, while also mixing in prep sports, education, and anything else his editors assign him to do.

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