Monday's Top 25 matchup between Baylor and Cal canceled
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Baylor is stuck in Oregon and the Top 25 women's matchup between the No. 7 Lady Bears and California (No. 9 ESPN/USA Today, No. 12 AP) scheduled for Monday night has been canceled because of a heavy snowstorm hitting the Pacific Northwest.
The Baylor team was stranded in Portland on Sunday after beating Oregon 81-71 on Saturday night in Eugene, and coach Kim Mulkey wasn't sure the Lady Bears would get out until Tuesday or perhaps even Wednesday because of the rare blizzard hitting Western Oregon and Western Washington.
"We're not going to play it this week," Cal coach Joanne Boyle said in a phone interview, still hopeful of finding a makeup date. "We're trying to move some things around to get them up here. We would have to rearrange the schedule. We really wanted to play the game. We'll see if we can make it happen."
Mulkey said her assistant coaches were at the airport trying to find everybody flights home to Texas or wherever else they might have been going after the Cal game for the holidays.
"My stomach was in knots," Mulkey said by phone. "They were saying it was 10 inches of snow and a layer of ice. Once we realized we weren't getting out, we made a call to Cal to tell them our situation. If we could play it we would, but with conference starting in January it's going to be tough to reschedule.
"This is kind of a unique situation for us. I hate that we can't play them as you always want to play good teams. Go on the road and see how good you are. We can't get to their area to play. What's most important is the safety of our basketball team."
It was an especially tough week for Baylor after Morghan Medlock's mother was killed in an apparent murder-suicide in Little Rock, Ark.
Medlock, a junior forward, started and finished with seven points and seven rebounds in the win at Oregon. Her 9-year-old half brother discovered the bodies of Shannan Barron and her boyfriend, Gerald Gallian, at their home in Little Rock on Friday night.
"She lives in Pasadena, and her father was going to meet us at the Cal game. Until we know when we'll get out of here she's in limbo," Mulkey said.
Boyle, meanwhile, was planning a morning practice for Monday instead before the team breaks for the holidays. The Golden Bears were looking forward to this game after a second-half collapse and 86-75 loss to No. 6 Oklahoma on Dec. 13.
"Some of them will get flights for a little bit earlier," Boyle said.
Cal's next game is Dec. 29 against Saint Mary's before the Bears open Pac-10 play at Arizona on Jan. 2.
Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press
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