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Navy women’s basketball postpones games against Loyola Maryland, remains in quarantine

The Patriot League on Tuesday postponed this weekend’s games between Navy women’s basketball and Loyola Maryland as the Mids remain in quarantine protocol after a positive COVID-19 test was revealed Friday.

It’s the second straight weekend Navy’s women had games postponed, as the positive test late last week forced the postponement of two contests against Bucknell.

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“We are disappointed to have to postpone our games this weekend against Loyola,” coach Tim Taylor wrote in a statement. “However, safeguarding the health and safety of our midshipmen, faculty, staff and coaches, and our extended Naval Academy family and the local community remains the top priority during this pandemic.”

The games between the Mids and Greyhounds will be rescheduled after discussions with the schools and the Patriot League office. Their games against Bucknell have not yet been rescheduled.

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A news release from Navy athletics last week described the positive test as “Tier 1,” which is defined as the highest exposure and “consists of individuals for whom physical distancing and face coverings are not possible or effective during athletic training or competition.” Those relevant individuals include student-athletes, coaches, athletic trainers, physical therapists, medical staff, equipment staff and officials.

While the women’s team had no known coronavirus issues before Friday, Navy men’s basketball had two nonconference games canceled and paused all activities for about two weeks in December due to positive tests within its program. Positive tests among the Loyola Maryland men’s team forced the postponement of its games against Navy Jan. 9 and 10.

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