GREEN BAY – The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay women’s basketball team can’t catch a break.
UWGB’s games against in-state rival UW-Milwaukee on Friday at the Kress Center and Sunday at the Klotsche Center have been canceled because of COVID-19 issues within the Panthers' program.
UWM requested the games be ruled no-contests rather than forfeits, and the request was granted. UWGB and UWM will look to play later in the season.
The Phoenix also will attempt to find a replacement opponent for Friday, although it’s unclear how successful that will be on such short notice.
If UWGB can’t find an opponent for Friday and is unable to find a makeup date against UWM, fans who purchased single-game tickets can be refunded.
Season ticket holders will have the option to exchange their tickets for a future regular season game or can be refunded upon request. Those who requested a refund for any previous cancellations will automatically be added to the refund list for the latest cancellation. Contact the Phoenix ticket office at 920-465-2625 or email email@example.com to request the refund. Ticket holders who do not request an exchange or refund for the game will have the value of their tickets go to support Phoenix athletics.
It would be nice for UWGB to find any opponent to play Friday, just to give the team a chance to get on the court again.
UWGB has had seven of its last 10 games canceled because of COVID-19 with opponents or its own players.
The Phoenix (8-5) has played just two games this month, its last coming in a win at UIC on Jan. 8. It hasn’t played a game at home since Dec. 20 and has had only five home contests overall.
“We have missed five home games,” UWGB coach Kevin Borseth said a few hours before the UWM announcement. “That’s the part we are not real excited about, obviously. Everything we have done this year has pretty much been on the road, so it’s been difficult. Missing five home games for our fans and for us is a bit frustrating. We just have to move forward with what we have got and play the hand we have been dealt.”
UWGB is getting over its own issues with COVID-19 that forced it to cancel games against Cleveland State and Purdue Fort Wayne last weekend.
When asked how many players tested positive, Borseth said “lots.”
The players all are doing well.
“Their health was good the entire while, which was really good,” Borseth said. “The tests proved that they tested positive, but all the kids were good. Their health was good, nobody got sick out of the process. That’s the biggest piece.”
This article originally appeared on Green Bay Press-Gazette: Not again: UWGB women's games against UWM canceled because of COVID-19 issues with Panthers