The UAlbany women’s basketball program, which hasn’t played since Feb. 7 because of a pandemic-related pause, will be the No. 4 seed for the upcoming America East Conference playoffs, the league announced Friday.
That announcement came after the Binghamton women’s basketball program became the league’s fourth team to end its season early for reasons related to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
“With the late-season positive test results and subsequent quarantine requirements, the ‘pause’ will effectively end Binghamton’s 2020-21 season,” the school’s athletic department announced.
Binghamton joins Hartford, UMBC and Vermont in ending its season for pandemic-related reasons. With Binghamton out, the league’s postseason matchups could be solidified, even as teams — including UAlbany — have regular-season games remaining.
As the No. 4 seed, UAlbany will host No. 5 New Hampshire on Feb. 28 in a first-round game, while No. 3 UMass Lowell will host No. 6 NJIT. Maine received a bye and the tournament’s No. 1 seed, while Stony Brook is the No. 2 seed and also received a first-round bye.
UAlbany, which is 5-5 in league play and 6-8 overall, is scheduled to play Monday and Tuesday to complete its regular season.
On the men’s side, only Maine has opted out of the America East season.