Women’s basketball’s Saturday showdown with Fordham was postponed after the Rams’ athletic department shut down for two weeks amid COVID-19 protocol, according to a tweet Wednesday.
New York requires college campuses to pause activities if there are 100 or more positive cases over the course of two weeks. From Feb. 6 through Feb. 19, Fordham has logged 222 positive cases and a positivity rate of 4.05 percent, the university’s COVID-19 dashboard showed.
Although Fordham’s women’s basketball team has not returned any positive tests so far this season, a rapid increase of cases on its campus led to a state-mandated shutdown of the athletic department. Women’s basketball players created a petition, which has garnered more than 3,700 signatures, pressing the school to allow them to finish out their season.
“The one part of our lives that remained a glimmer of hope in a world that fuels too much hate and not enough love has been our family, our team,” the petition states. “There is something bigger being fought here – it’s a chance to move forward, reach the culmination of all of our work and allow our passions to be fully expressed through our sport. There must come a time to begin living in this age with strong faith and ample caution.”
The contest marks the sixth time this season that a Colonials game has been canceled or postponed. A Dec. 6 game against Virginia was called off due to a rash of injuries for the Cavaliers, and a Jan. 5 clash with Saint Louis was postponed after a positive test in the Billikens’ program.
The team’s Jan. 20 match against VCU was postponed for one week. On Feb. 4, the Colonials paused team activities after a Tier 1 individual tested positive, which caused postponements of games against Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The squad was back in action after five days in quarantine.
The Colonials will return to the court against George Mason Feb. 28 at 2 p.m.