Malury Bates to miss Florida game due to contact tracing

Georgia's reserve forward is feeling fine, a team source said.

ATHENS, Ga. — Malury Bates is out for Sunday’s home game against Florida. She is out due to contact tracing, a team source said.

Bates has not tested positive for Covid-19. She is “feeling great,” the source said, and should be out of quarantine soon.

Bates’ quarantine is a result of a positive test from outside the program, the source said. This marks Georgia’s first pandemic-related absence since the season began on Nov. 25, albeit a minor issue.

Georgia’s last opponent, Auburn, postponed its game scheduled for Sunday vs. Missouri. Auburn had a combination of a positive Covid-19 test, contact tracing and subsequent quarantines. Georgia’s game scheduled for Thursday at South Carolina was also postponed due to similar issues with the Gamecocks.

Bates has been a key reserve among post players for Georgia. She has averaged 5.4 points and 4.1 rebounds per game this season. Bates, a redshirt junior, has played heavy minutes alongside Javyn Nicholson and others.

Bates’ absence could mean more minutes for Jenna Staiti and an increased role for Nicholson and freshman Zoesha Smith. Maori Davenport, who recently became eligible as an undergraduate transfer, has played end-of-game minutes in the Lady Bulldogs’ two SEC games.