UConn women’s basketball’s Thursday night showdown against No. 6 Baylor is off after Bears’ head coach Kim Mulkey tested positive for COVID-19, according to announcements from both schools. As a non-conference game, it will not be rescheduled.
Mulkey missed Baylor’s previous game on Saturday, Jan. 2 at TCU after being exposed on Christmas to a family member who tested positive. Though she tested negative three times prior to that game, she decided to isolate away from the team as a precaution. Mulkey returned to team activities on Monday, Jan. 4, where she was tested and eventually learned of the positive result.
According to a statement, Mulkey said she is not experiencing any symptoms at the moment.
Though the health of both Mulkey and everyone else involved is paramount, this projected to be one of the most anticipated non-conference matchups of the season for the Huskies. To this point, UConn has only played one ranked opponent (DePaul) after its other two ranked matchups (No. 14 Mississippi State, No. 2 Louisville) were canceled after a member of the Huskies’ program tested positive for the virus.
UConn’s two remaining non-conference matchups are at Tennessee on Jan. 21 and home against South Carolina on Feb. 8. The Huskies are scheduled to take the court next on Saturday, Jan. 9 against Providence at 1 p.m.