Women’s basketball endures COVID positive players and game cancellations

Morgan State’s women’s basketball team had their second straight road game canceled due to the university’s safety protocols.


Edwin Moore

Morgan State University’s Hill Field House.

Lake Marion, Contributing Writer

Wednesday’s scheduled game against Marquette University was canceled after at least two players on Morgan State’s women’s basketball team tested positive for COVID-19.

The cancellation also follows Sunday’s cancellation against Texas A&M because of positive tests.

“The game is canceled due to COVID health and safety protocols within the Bears program,” said Leonard Haynes, assistant athletic director of communications.

Ja’Niah Henson, a senior guard from Baltimore, said that she tested positive for COVID-19 after the Bears’ last game against Towson University. She also said that one other person tested positive for COVID-19 as well.

The Spokesman has not been able to confirm the identity of the other players or when they tested positive.

Henson said she is unsure how many other people test positive for COVID-19 during their trip to Texas A&M.

“It was bad when I found out I had it,” said Henson.

Henson expressed her disappointment with the team missing out on their past two road games.

“My team is very disappointed,” said Henson. “It’s something that we can’t necessarily control because we are going to different places, and we are playing against different people, and we don’t know what everybody else is doing within their programs.”

The Bears’ last game was Nov. 30 when the team blew out the Towson Tigers 76-48 in the Battle for Greater Baltimore at the SECU Arena.

Henson is currently leading the Bears in points this season. She has played eight games so games so far this season and scored 131 points.

In her last game against Towson, she scored a season high of 28 points with four steals and two assists to help the team win against their rival.

She is averaging 16.4 points per game and is currently shooting 43 percent from the three. Henson has also made 78 percent of her free throws this season.

After the Towson game, the Bears traveled to Texas to play against Texas A&M.

It was confirmed by Brandon Collins, assistant director of athletic communications at Texas A&M, that the team had a shoot-around just before the game was canceled.

Henson said that the team was “very close” to playing the day of the game before it was canceled.

“They got canceled within two hours of tip-off of the game,” said Henson.

Prior to the two-game cancellations, the team was set to play six straight road games for the rest of December.

With the cancellations, they are now set to play their next four games on the road with the next game against Texas State on Sunday.

The Bears are still sitting at 7-2 this season hoping to get back into rhythm and continue to win their games.