South Carolina-Ole Miss, Vanderbilt-Florida among women's basketball games postponed by virus

The COVID-19 virus continues to affect schedules of women's basketball teams, including in the SEC, where both Vanderbilt and Ole Miss are dealing with recent positive tests, contact tracing and quarantining.

No. 5 South Carolina's scheduled home game Thursday against the Rebels was postponed, and the Gamecocks now will open their league season that day against Florida. The Gators had been scheduled to face the Commodores on Thursday.

So far, Ole Miss has postponed just its game with South Carolina but is scheduled to play Jan. 4 against LSU. However, Vanderbilt has postponed its next three games: vs. Florida on Thursday, at No. 12 Mississippi State on Sunday and at Missouri on Jan. 7.

Meanwhile, in the Missouri Valley Conference, No. 24 Missouri State has had its two games at Northern Iowa, set for Friday and Saturday, postponed because of positive tests in the Missouri State program.

The ACC also announced a schedule change for this week involving a ranked team: No. 2 Louisville's home game against North Carolina, which had been scheduled for Friday, has been postponed again because of travel issues with the Tar Heels. A new date hasn't been set yet.

Louisville and UNC originally had been scheduled to play Dec. 13, but the Cardinals went on a pause Dec. 11 because of positive tests. That pause is over, but they have not played since beating Duke on Dec. 9.

The Blue Devils announced this past weekend they were ending their season because of COVID-19 concerns.