While the No. 12 Oregon Ducks survived UC Davis' upset bid Saturday night, it happened with two key players absent.
Guards Taylor Chavez and Maddie Scherr were both missing from Oregon's bench Saturday evening. After the win, head coach Kelly Graves ruled both players out for Monday's game against No. 9 Arizona and seemed doubtful they will return the following weekend.
"No," answered Graves when asked if the pair can play Monday. "In fact, that's a definitive no and I don't know when to be honest with you. I don't know if it's going to be the following week.
"Now we have protocols of progression to come back and play and there's lots of things that we have to go through. I will always side with our doctors on that. I will never rush that."
Graves mentioned the Arizona State game, originally scheduled for Friday, February 5th, needed to be postponed because Oregon would not have the minimum number of scholarship players. In fact, some players returned from COVID-19 protocols Saturday just in time to play vs. UC Davis.
Taylor Mikesell and Te-Hina Paopao traveled back from Utah to Eugene a week ago separate from the rest of the team.
Chavez, the reigning Pac-12 6th Player of the Year, has played in 12 games this season (6 starts) averaging 5.0 points and 1.4 assists in 19.3 minutes per game.
Scherr, a five-star freshman, has appeared in 14 games averaging 3.1 points and 1.8 assists in 14.5 minutes per game.
No. 12 Oregon (12-3, 9-3) hosts No. 9 Arizona (11-2, 9-2) at Matthew Knight Arena on Monday, February 8th at 4:00 p.m. PT.