Jan. 24—STORRS — UConn announced on Sunday night that the women’s basketball game against South Carolina on Thursday has been canceled.
The Huskies will now travel to DePaul for a Big East game on Wednesday at 8 p.m.
“Dawn Staley reached out to me about postponing the series for this season,” UConn head coach Geno Auriemma said. “It’s a priority for South Carolina to make up SEC games, so this is the best decision for them right now. We know a lot of fans were excited for this game, but we look forward to continuing the series with South Carolina in future seasons.”
“I know our fans always enjoy the UConn game, and our team enjoys the rivalry; but I have always said that our conference season and especially our goal of another SEC championship is more central to our program,” South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley said. “As we approach the second half of league play next month, it has become more important to complete our SEC schedule to keep ourselves in the running for a conference title. This Thursday is one of the few dates Ole Miss has open, so, with my team’s best interest at heart, I started the conversations that led us to this point.”
The DePaul game will serve as a reschedule for the teams’ originally scheduled date on Dec. 31, which was canceled due to COVID issues within the UConn program. TV designation will be announced later in the week.
Thursday’s game was the last in the previous home-and-home agreement with UConn, and a new agreement for the next two seasons was signed this summer. UConn and South Carolina will work to reschedule the game in a future season. The Huskies and Gamecocks already faced off once this season in the Battle 4 Atlantis Championship game.