FAU basketball vs. Western Kentucky pushed back due to pandemic

Phillip Suitts
| Palm Beach Post

The coronavirus pandemic has once again altered the schedule of the Florida Atlantic men’s basketball program.

The Owls’ two home games against Western Kentucky have been pushed back two days to Sunday and Monday, respectively, after multiple members of the Western Kentucky travel party demonstrated COVID-19 symptoms on Thursday, according to an FAU release.

While those people later tested negative on Thursday, the Hilltoppers remain in Kentucky and will undergo another round of PCR swab tests for COVID-19 on Friday. If those tests are negative, Western Kentucky will travel to Florida on Saturday.

Everyone in the Western Kentucky travel party had tested negative for COVID-19 on PCR swab tests Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the release.

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Tip-off is now set for noon Sunday and 6 p.m. Monday at FAU Arena. Both games will be broadcasted on ESPN+.

Already, FAU (8-7 overall, 3-3 Conference USA) has had four Conference USA games postponed due to COVID-19, two at Middle Tennessee and two at Marshall. Head coach Dusty May also missed FAU’s last two games, against Charlotte on Jan. 22-23, due to COVID protocols after a member of his family tested positive for the coronavirus. 

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Women’s Basketball Travels to Quinnipiac Sunday Afternoon

Villanova will hit the road for the first time this season on Sunday afternoon, when the Wildcats travel to Quinnipiac for a non-conference contest. Tip-off in Hamden, Conn., is set for 3 p.m. The game can be seen live on ESPN+.
Sunday’s game between Villanova and Quinnipiac will be just the third all-time meeting between the two schools. The last time the Wildcats and Bobcats met was during the first round of the 2014 WNIT when Villanova earned a 74-66 win.
Villanova is coming off a 70-37 home win over the visiting Rider Broncs on Wednesday, Nov. 25. Maddy Siegrist led the way in the win with a double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds. She was 13-of-19 from the field and 2-of-5 from three-point range. Freshman Lior Garzon was the second Wildcat to reach double figures with 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting (3-of-4 from long distance). Brianna Herlihy added eight points and eight rebounds, while Raven James dished out a game-high six assists.
Quinnipiac earned a 71-65 victory against the visiting Providence College Friars in  its season opener. Rose Caverly led the Bobcats in the win with 20 points, while Mikala Morris had 17 points.   
The first Villanova double-double of the 2020-21 season was credited to Siegrist who had 28 points and 10 rebounds against Rider. Siegrist has now tallied a double-double in 12 of her 32 collegiate games.
Villanova was very efficient on the offensive end of the floor in Wednesday’s win over Rider. The Cats finished the game shooting 52.6 percent from the field (30-of-57) and 40.0 percent from three-point range (8-of-20). The Wildcats also played outstanding team basketball in the win, as they were credited with 24 assists on 30 made field goals.
The Wildcats got a solid contribution from the bench in the season opening win.  Of the 70 points scored, the Wildcat bench scored 20 of the 70 points. The bench play was highlighted by Garzon who had 11 points in her collegiate debut.

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