Waiting game wreaks havoc on women’s college basketball nonconference schedules

Gonzaga women’s basketball coach Lisa Fortier usually goes over the preseason schedule with her players at about the same time classes begin each year. She outlines practices, team retreats, days off — everything that is part of the annual routine leading up to the first tip.

This year being what it is, the Bulldogs couldn’t schedule that meeting until midway through September, more than two weeks after classes started. That was when the last player got to Spokane, Washington, an Australian freshman’s arrival slowed by the intricacies of international travel amid a pandemic. It was also when the NCAA assured everyone that there would, in fact, be a college basketball season.

Except that when Fortier and her staff set up the meeting, they realized they still

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Pac-12 to decide on 18, 20 or 22-game women’s basketball schedule, Oregon Ducks has at least 3 local nonconference opponents

EUGENE — A 22-game Pac-12 schedule is under considering for women’s basketball, as well as 20 and 18-game options, which could be decided as soon as today.



Kelly Graves talking on a cell phone: Kelly Graves addresses the crowd before the team's senior day celebration and after the No. 3 Oregon Ducks beat the Washington Huskies 92-56 in a women's basketball game on Sunday, March 1, 2020, at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene. Photo by Serena Morones for The Oregonian/OregonLive


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Kelly Graves addresses the crowd before the team’s senior day celebration and after the No. 3 Oregon Ducks beat the Washington Huskies 92-56 in a women’s basketball game on Sunday, March 1, 2020, at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene. Photo by Serena Morones for The Oregonian/OregonLive

Oregon coach Kelly Graves set the conference’s coaches will meet Wednesday afternoon with the hope of deciding the league’s scheduling framework, which will have ripple effects for nonconference scheduling, the status of which remains in flux for the Ducks and most every other team in the country.

“I’ve already been on record as saying I’m for the 22-game Pac-12 schedule,” Graves said. “I love the double round

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