UConn Ravaged By COVID-19 as Basketball Games Postponed

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    The University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball program’s next game, a home game against DePaul on New Year’s Eve, has been canceled due to the spread of COVID-19. This is the second postponement for the Huskies, following the postponement of the game against Marquette on December 29th. This comes after a recent surge in COVID-19 cases in the country, and the cancellation of many many games.

    SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – APRIL 02: Paige Bueckers #5 of the UConn Huskies runs off of the court after losing to the Arizona Wildcats in the Final Four semifinal game of the 2021 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Alamodome on April 02, 2021 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

           The Big East’s COVID-19 cancellation policy states that teams must have at least seven scholarship players and one coach available to play. Seeing the Huskies already had a long line of injury issues, which already had them down to 8 players, the recent spread of COVID-19 made it impossible to field a team for the games. According to the policy, the conference will try to reschedule the game for a later date. As of now, however, the Huskies won’t play until January 5th at Georgetown. With the Hoyas dealing with COVID-19 issues of their own, that game could also be in jeopardy.

    The school also released a message stating that said, “Announcements about future UConn events will be made in the coming days,” which has fans thinking the worst: another stadium bubble with no fans. 

       COVID-19 has hit both the men’s and women’s teams hard this week. The men’s team had a big game against Xavier canceled Tuesday after multiple members of the team tested positive, including head coach Dan Hurley. These games are just adding to the recent wave of cancellations across the country.

    Isiah DeLuca
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