The Iowa women's basketball team was supposed to be playing a road game against Drake today. Emphasis on supposed to, because that game did not happen today and probably won't happen this season. Why? COVID of course.
Said Lisa Bluder:
“We’re obviously disappointed but understand this is the right decision,” said Lisa Bluder, P. Sue Beckwith, M.D., Head Women’s Basketball Coach. “Our team and staff have followed best practices. But unfortunately, a number of individuals experienced symptoms and tested positive. We will continue to follow the guidance of our medical staff and look forward to returning to the court.”
Iowa was also scheduled to play Seton Hall and USC in the Cancun Challenge on 11/25 and 11/26 -- those games have also been canceled.
Based on comments from Iowa assistant coach Jan Jensen, it sounds like the COVID issue resulted from a breakthrough infection:
Thx to so many of you for your good wishes. Though disappointed, our Hawks will remain resilient & cant wait to be in action soon! All doing well. Best wishes to all to stay healthy as breakthrough cases occur. God bless & Go Hawks!— Jan Jensen (@goiowa) November 20, 2021
Iowa was hopeful that they would be cleared to return to action against Duke in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on 12/2. We certainly hope that's the case and that the Iowa women can return to action sooner rather than later and, hopefully, none the worse for wear after this interruption to their season. Get well soon, Hawkeyes.