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Securing nonconference games proving difficult for Illinois State women's basketball

NORMAL — The COVID-19 pandemic has stolen a late November game with national powerhouse Stanford from the Illinois State women’s basketball team.

And although the NCAA has approved a Nov. 25 start to the season, ISU coach Kristen Gillespie called trying to restructure a nonconference schedule that was stripped of six games “an absolute fiasco.”

“We were supposed to go out to California over Thanksgiving and play Stanford and San Diego,” Gillespie said. “It would have been a really good RPI tournament for us. But we’re not going to fly commercially.”

Gillespie is hoping to schedule six nonconference games before the Dec.