After another Georgia home win, Saturday's game against Radford canceled
The Lady Bulldogs won’t play Saturday’s game against Radford. Georgia's opposition paused activity after a positive Covid-19 test.
UPDATE: Georgia announced the cancellation of its game against Radford at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday. Radford paused team activities on Dec. 7 after a positive Covid-19 test.
Per Georgia athletics, the game will not be made up and the Lady Bulldogs will not seek a replacement team.
Georgia (5-0) will plan to play its next scheduled game on Dec. 17. It’ll welcome Georgia State to Stegeman Coliseum for a 7 p.m. tip.
ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia women’s basketball made it five games without any cause for concern. In the age of trying to play amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, that’s more than a lot of teams can say.
After walking off of the Stegeman Coliseum floor on Wednesday night after a 68-47 win over Jacksonville State, there’s the first inkling of doubt. Georgia, scheduled to host Radford on Dec. 12 at noon, doesn’t know if it will welcome its non-conference foe to Athens as scheduled.
Radford had to cancel its Dec. 9 game with William & Mary after pausing activities due to a positive Covid-19 test. The shutdown, for “precautionary measures,” was announced by the team on Dec. 7 after its game at Marshall. It’s the second time Radford (0-2) has shut down during the season’s early stages.
The Highlanders paused activities on Nov. 27 and went over a week without playing a game. The scheduled game against Georgia would be five days after the announced pause in action.
Radford team spokesperson Asha Evans told the Lady Bulldogs Report that there was no update on the game as of 9 p.m. Wednesday.
“I don't know what has transpired since we tipped,” Georgia head coach Joni Taylor said around the same time as Radford’s response. “I do not have any updates at all. I would expect to figure something out — or get caught up — after I leave you guys or in the morning. I don't have anything new.”
Taylor said that Georgia scheduled “as many non-conference games as possible” in the case of a game cancellation. It is unclear whether Georgia would postpone its contest or find a replacement team if a change to the originally-scheduled game is deemed necessary. Georgia scheduled nine non-conference games along with its 16-game SEC slate for the maximum 25 games allowed in the 2020-21 season.
Georgia’s men’s basketball program opted to go the route of replacement teams. There were canceled games against Columbus State and Gardner-Webb, and the group chose to play Florida A&M and North Georgia instead as last-minute changes.
The Lady Bulldogs have had no issues, absences or Covid-19 outbreaks to this point in the season. Taylor, her coaching staff and players have been strict with mask-wearing, following protocols in terms of a socially-distant bench and frequent testing at three times per week for Tier I personnel. In each game, Georgia also uses KINEXON tracking chips to assist in contact tracing with a GPS-like technology.
“Coach Joni told us this is how it’s going to be, although it has been a bit weird,” senior forward Jenna Staiti said. “The biggest thing is going to be the distance and wearing our masks. They’ve done a good job.”
Georgia hasn’t faced any issues, but 2020 strikes with uncertainty. The waiting game begins.