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COVID-19 protocols to delay No. 12 Texas' return to the basketball court

Texas guard Joanne Allen-Taylor (11) and guard Shay Holle (10) celebrate scoring against Idaho during an NCAA women’s basketball game in Austin, Saturday, Dec., 11, 2021.

Due to COVID-19 protocols, the Texas women will not return to the basketball court on Wednesday.

Texas announced on Tuesday that this Wednesday's home game against Alcorn State had been canceled because of issues within the Longhorns' program. The game will not be rescheduled.

Last week, the Big 12 announced that a game can be ruled a "no contest" if a team doesn't have six scholarship players and one countable coach available. 

By Tuesday night, Texas belonged to a list of six Big 12 programs that had a game this week canceled because of COVID-19 protocols. Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas State and Oklahoma still had intact schedules, but the Bears did recently replace Houston Baptist with North Texas as their Wednesday opponent.

The erasing of the Alcorn State game will cost Texas a chance to shake off the rust following its holiday break. The Longhorns last played at Princeton on Dec. 22.

Next up on UT's schedule is the team's conference opener at Oklahoma State on Sunday. Texas (9-1) is No. 12 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.

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Earlier this month, Texas had a nationally-televised game altered by COVID-19 protocols. The Longhorns were set to meet No. 4 Arizona in Las Vegas but the Wildcats backed out the day before. Texas scrambled and got the University of San Diego to replace Arizona.