Marist Women’s Basketball is on pause for the second time this season after Niagara; their last opponent discovered positive COVID-19 tests among its Tier 1 personnel.
“It’s been a crazy year,” Brian Giorgis said in a MAAC teleconference. “We’ve been fortunate enough to be able to play a lot of games during this global pandemic, but last night we heard the news about Niagara, and now we’re on pause.”
The Red Foxes went on pause in December after an official from their game against Albany tested positive for COVID-19. They went nearly three weeks without playing before returning to action early in the new year.
Marist has 10 MAAC games under its belt, tied for second-most among the conference members. The Red Foxes are just one game away from reaching the minimum (13) number of contests needed to qualify for postseason play this year.
“You see what’s happened to other programs like Canisius, Monmouth, and Iona,” Giorgis said. “We’re thankful that we haven’t been hit as hard, but we feel for those teams that have really been put out of their way with this pandemic.”
Giorgis said it was too early to pinpoint a return date, but it will likely be at least two weeks before the Red Foxes return to the court in a competitive setting.
This weekend’s series against Rider will now be played on February 26 and 27.
Marist has three games scheduled for next week: at Iona on Wednesday and a weekend series at home against Monmouth. Both teams have crowded February schedules, so it is not clear when these contests could be rescheduled.