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Canceled series at UTA has unusual consequences for Cajuns

Garry Brodhead Louisiana Women's Basketball
Posted at 9:33 PM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 23:51:11-05

LAFAYETTE, La.  — Louisiana women's basketball is 11-1 in Sun Belt play, riding an 11 game win-streak with what is now two games remaining.

The Cajuns are in the driver's seat in the Sun Belt heading for a top seed, that is if they can play one more game.

Winter storms canceled the team's road trip to UT-Arlington this week, which is their fifth and sixth games to be postponed.

While Louisiana has made up two of those six, the Cajuns have only played 12 conference games and a Sun Belt rule requires them to play 13 to earn their seed in the Sun Belt Tournament.

"We could be anywhere from first to third, which is a lot better than going to last," said head coach Garry Brodhead. "I'm a lot more nervous about that part. I've never coached in a situation like this and they've never played in it."

The rule, which requires teams to play 75-percent of conference games, is new this year and apart of the rule changes brought on by COVID-19.

In women's basketball the golden number is 13, it's 14 in men's basketball.

Teams who fail to meet the threshold lose their tournament seed, and fall to the back.

The Cajuns, who would be the top seed if the tournament started Wednesday, could fall to last if a COVID case, or winter storm, cancels next weekend's series against Little Rock.

"My meetings once we got back from Monroe were about taking care, making sure we're masked up, make sure we're isolated, make sure if we're in a car with somebody or make sure we're not traveling with somebody in a car (or) in your room," he added.

Louisiana has not been the source of any of its postponements.

COVID cases within both UTA's and Little Rock's programs led to the first four postponements earlier in the season.
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