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Syracuse women’s hoops on pause for positive COVID-19 test

NCAA Womens Basketball: Penn St. at Syracuse

Dec 6, 2020; Syracuse, New York, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tiana Mangakahia (4) moves up court as Penn State Nittany Lions guard Maddie Burke (15) pursues in the second quarter at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

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Syracuse University has paused all women’s basketball-related activities Sunday and contact tracing is underway after a positive COVID-19 test was confirmed within the program.

The 22nd-ranked Orange women have also canceled a game against Morgan State scheduled for Monday night. The team is adhering to all public health guidelines. Syracuse’s next scheduled game is Thursday at home against North Carolina.

Syracuse men also has been on pause since Monday. The Orange men halted team activities after a home game a week ago against Buffalo. One of the Bulls tested positive after the game.

The Orange women weren’t the only ones to go on pause. Mississippi also has coronavirus issues within the Rebels’ women’s basketball program.

Their game against No. 5 South Carolina on Thursday night has been postponed. The fifth-ranked Gamecocks last played Dec. 17 against Temple. They’re next game is scheduled for Jan. 4 at Alabama. South Carolina said in a release that game could not be played due to a combination of positive COVID-19 tests, contact tracing and quarantining individuals according to SEC protocols. There has been no makeup date announced for the contest.