Arizona State women’s basketball team forfeits two games due to injuries


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The Arizona State women’s basketball team has canceled its games against No. 10s in Utah and Colorado due to a lack of healthy scholarship holders. The games were officially forfeited and will not be rescheduled.

“We have decided, after meeting with our doctors and medical staff, that we will not be traveling to Utah and Colorado this weekend. We understand the games will be lapsed, but the reality is that no decision had to be made,” Arizona Das state coach Natasha Adair said in a statement. “With few healthy fellows, time to heal is our only option. Our plan is to get our team healthy later this week and be ready when we host Arizona on January 22.”

The Pac-12 conference requires at least seven available grantees, and while the Sun Devils have not specified which players are out at the moment, the team is grappling with multiple injuries. Among the injured are Isadora Sousa, Maggie Besselink, Imogen Greenslade, Morasha Wiggins and Jaylah Robinson. It’s been a tough season for ASU as the team holds a 7-11 record and has lost all seven conference games to date.

“We feel terrible for our team who want to compete but are unable due to medical circumstances. Admittedly, this is a very unusual situation that requires our focus on the health of both injured and healthy players,” said ASU varsity athletics vice president Ray Anderson in a statement.

If enough scholars are healthy, the Sun Devils host rivals Arizona on Jan. 22 for their second game of the season. The Wildcats won the last meeting on December 29, 84-66.

Arizona State isn’t the only team dealing with injury issues. The UConn Huskies are having their second straight injury-plagued season and have had to postpone their game against DePaul, which was originally scheduled for Jan. 8.