Eight months after women’s college basketball was stopped because of the coronavirus, the sport is back, with the new season tipping off Wednesday.

This year, getting to the Final Four, which is slated to be played in San Antonio, might not be purely about having the most talented team. It also could very well hinge on who has the least disruptions because of the coronavirus.

Flexibility, fluidity and adaptability are three words that every coach in the country has adopted this year as team mantras.

Before games even started, dozens of teams have had to pause their practices because of positive COVID-19 tests. With a positive result comes an NCAA suggested 14-day quarantine period for entire programs.

No. 3 UConn saw its first four games wiped out Monday when the Huskies had a positive result by someone in the program. Coach Geno Auriemma said it wasn’t a player or coach. It didn’t matter. The team is not allowed to practice for two weeks.

That eliminated early season showdowns with No. 5 Louisville and potentially sixth-ranked Mississippi State.

“Everybody is going to be in this scenario at some point,” Auriemma said. “Either already has been, is, or will be. You can just pretty much predict that.”

Before the season started, 20 games that were scheduled to be played on Wednesday were either canceled or postponed, including one for Louisville. Cardinals coach Jeff Walz didn’t let that stop him from getting a game. Knowing that this would be the norm this season, Walz started a text chain with a dozen coaches so that they could schedule games at the last minute when cancellations happened.

Walz also went to social media. The result ended up being a game at Southeast Missouri State on Wednesday.

“You just have to adapt and be flexible,” Walz said. “We know it’s going to be pretty common this year to have games postponed late, so why not figure out a way to pick up a game a different way.”

Walz’s texting group has now grown to 25 members and will keep getting bigger.

South Carolina was the early favorite, earning the first No. 1 preseason ranking in school history. Dawn Staley’s squad returns many talented players from last season’s team that lost just one game.

While the NCAA announced that the entire men’s basketball tournament will be played at single site this year to help avoid potential problems with COVID-19, the women haven’t decided yet what they want to do. If they do end up playing their NCAA Tournament games in a single city, San Antonio would be the leading candidate because it had been awarded the Final Four.

Here are a few other things to look forward to this season:

CHASING PAT: Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer and Auriemma should both pass Hall of Fame coach Pat Summitt’s record win total of 1,098. VanDerveer sits four victories behind the Tennessee great, while Auriemma is seven away. Predicting when either will