The UConn women’s basketball game at Villanova on Friday, Jan. 7 has been called off due to COVID-19 issues in the Huskies’ schedule, the school said on Tuesday.
While the Big East will try to reschedule the game, it is the Huskies’ fourth game that has been canceled. One – against Marquette on December 29 – was pushed around due to COVID issues with the Golden Eagles. The last three – in DePaul on December 31, in Georgetown on December 5, and in Villanova – are all due to UConn’s own issues with the virus.
During his radio appearance with ESPN 97.9 on Monday, Geno Auriemma was “not too optimistic” that Friday’s game would take place. He explained that a player tested positive while home for Christmas and did not return to campus with the rest of the squad on December 26. Others returned with symptoms and “a couple” tested positive immediately while “a few others” did so a few days later, according to the coach.
With the Huskies already reduced to eight uninjured players with Paige Bueckers (knee), Azzi Fudd (foot), Aubrey Griffin (back) and Nika Mühl (foot) absent, just two positive tests would send the team below the Grand Est threshold. . of the seven available players required to play.
UConn, following recommendations from the Connecticut Department of Public Health, requires anyone who tests positive to self-isolate for 10 days. On top of that, Auriemma said players need five days of training after isolation before they are ready to play in a game. This means that if a player is positive, they will likely be out for at least 15 days.
It will be difficult for the Big East to reschedule all four of the Huskies’ games. According to Seton Hall sporting director Bryan Felt, the conference will not schedule teams to play three games in one week for consecutive weeks. With a slate already jam-packed, UConn doesn’t have a lot of openings available.
The Huskies’ next game is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 9 against Creighton at the Gampel Pavilion.