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Utah Women’s Basketball Cancels Two Non-Conference Games Due To COVID-19

University of Utah Utah women's basketball coach Lynne Roberts during practice in the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (Steve Griffin, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The University of Utah women’s basketball team announced that they have paused all basketball activities for the time being.

The program is pausing activities due to a COVID-19 positive case and resulting isolation of additional student-athletes under contract tracing protocols.

Utah was scheduled to begin the season on Wednesday, November 25 against Southern Utah. They had one other non-conference game against Utah Valley on Saturday, November 28. Those two games have been canceled.

Utah Athletics added that the teams’ situation will be evaluated after that.

“Our top priority is the health and safety of our student-athletes, and all of our decisions will be guided by that principle,” the statement read.

Utah’s next scheduled game is Friday, December 4 on the road against Oregon State.

The Utes were picked to finish 8th in the Pac-12 preseason media and coaches polls. They finished the 2019-20 season with a 14-17 record before falling to Oregon in the second round of the Pac-12 Tournament.

Entering her sixth season at the helm, Lynne Roberts returns a ton of talented players including Brynna Maxwell, Dru Gylten, Andrea Torres, Lola Pendande, Niyah Becker and Kemery Martin among others. Roberts has also recruited very well and will bring in a talented 2020 class, which includes Kennady McQueen, Peyton McFarland, Kelsey Rees and Donna Ntambue.

Trevor Allen is a Utah Utes Insider for KSLSports.com and host of the Crimson Corner podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @TrevorASportsYou can download and listen to the podcast, here.