In early January, the Siena women’s basketball team traveled out to Buffalo to play Canisius, only to find out hours before that game that Canisius couldn’t play because of a positive COVID-19 test result within its program.
Friday, after making it to Hamden, Connecticut to play Quinnipiac, the Saints found out they again couldn’t play.
Siena, Quinnipiac and the MAAC announced two hours prior to Friday’s conference game between the schools “that this weekend’s women’s basketball games between the Saints and the Bobcats have been postponed due to a positive COVID-19 test result among Tier 1 members of the Siena women’s basketball program.”
Siena head coach Ali Jaques and Saints athletic director John D’Argenio did not respond to requests for comment.
Siena’s positive test result appears likely to necessitate a third two-week pause of in-person team activities for Jaques’ program. Friday afternoon, the MAAC announced Siena’s games Jan. 22-23 against Monmouth had also been postponed, and that Siena’s games against Quinnipiac will now be played Jan. 29-30.
No make-up dates were available Friday for the Saints’ games against Monmouth.
The Saints are 2-2 after winning its series of games last weekend against Rider. Currently, teams need to play a minimum of 13 games to qualify for NCAA tournament consideration.
Throughout this season, Jaques has discussed the extensive mental toll the stop-and-start nature of this season has had on her players.
“They’re young,” Jaques said in December, “and this is a real challenge for them.”